Apple has pulled app-development tools from Google after the Cupertino-based technology company reached the conclusion that the search giant broke its rules, according to a report in Bloomberg.
It is worth mentioning that Facebook‘s app development also had to face this for around 24 hours when its app was found paying teens $20 in order to get full access to their phones. Since Apple takes its users’ privacy very seriously, it didn’t go down too well with the company. However, we should also point out that Facebook gained back its access a day later.
Coming back to Google, its employees are not able to access test versions of iPhone apps that they are making, according to sources quoted by Bloomberg. One of the sources reportedly added that security alerts are limited too.
Speaking on the issue, a spokesperson at Google said, “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon.”
An ‘enterprise certificate’ is offered by Apple that helps some companies work on creating iPhone apps without going through the usual app review process. And this was used by technology giants Facebook and Google to collect data about user activity for their research. It is worth noticing that the two companies stopped this after TechCrunch reported about it earlier this week.
When Apple pulled Facebook’s certificate, it said that the social networking giant broke its rules. And now, it has done the same for Google to punish the company, which makes it apparent that it considered the search giant to be guilty too.
We should point out that when Apple pulled the enterprise certificate of the two companies, the public versions of their apps were not affected. However, the companies’ important app development work must have been completely disrupted. And considering that most Google employees use Android smartphones, the move was harsher for Facebook. But then, what Facebook did was also far more invasive in nature as compared to Google.
According to the report in Bloomberg, Apple has told BuzzFeed’s editor that it is working with Google to “reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly.”