Tag Archive: AppGratis

Following App Store Ban, AppGratis Turns To Android For Survival


After being pulled from the App Store back in April for violating Apple’s latest guidelines, AppGratis has turned to Android to keep its app recommendation service alive. The company has this week launched a new app in Google Play that promises a free app every day, plus discounts of up to 90% on paid Android titles.

The new AppGratis app has been “designed from the ground up just for Android,” but  [Read More…]

Apple Kicks AppGratis While It’s Down By Turning Off Push Notifications For Existing Users

French startup, French minister. Hmmm.

Once you get on Apple’s bad side, it’s hard to climb back into its good graces, and AppGratis is starting to learn that the hard way. After pulling AppGratis’ app from the Apple Store last week, Apple has also decided to kill push notifications on the app for users that still have it installed.

This is the first time we’ve seen Apple kill certain functionality on an app  [Read More…]

AppGratis Was Charging Developers Lots Of Money To Game The App Store Charts


There has been an unprecedented amount of drama surrounding the removal of AppGratis, a popular app discovery tool Apple recently pulled from the App Store. An online petition with over 800,000 signatures begs for Apple to bring AppGratis back into the App Store’s good graces. Heck, the French government is pissed. What’s all the fuss about?

Apple said that it pulled AppGratis for sending app promotions to iOS users via push  [Read More…]

French Minister Slams Apple For Dumping AppGratis

French startup, French minister. Hmmm.

French startup, meed angry French minister.

Apparently, junior minister for digital economy Fluer Pellerin thinks that Apple shouldn’t have rejected AppGratis from the App Store last week. Her remarks to the French media make it clear that she feels the tech company isn’t behaving ethically in its dealings with AppGratis, a French startup, or others like it, calling the move “an issue of fairness,” and “extremely brutal.”

Not  [Read More…]

AppGratis The First Of Many App Recommenders To Be Pulled By Apple


When AppGratis was yanked from the App Store last week, it didn’t take a genius to work out why. The app violates an App Store guideline that was introduced last October banning iOS apps from promoting other iOS apps from different developers. It also used push notifications to deliver marketing messages by recommending apps with a once-daily notification, which is also not allowed.

What is confusing is why AppGratis was pulled —  [Read More…]

AppGratis On Why Its App Was Pulled: Apple Changed Its Mind Overnight


AppGratis is a cautionary tale on building your business on Apple’s back.

AppGratis is a popular App Store app that’s used by more than 12 million iOS users. The company consists of 45 employees and recently raised $ 13.5 million in funding. AppGratis offers promotions and discounts for popular paid iOS apps in conjunction with third-party developers, and the company has continued to thrive over the last few years.

Everything was going  [Read More…]

Apple Kicked AppGratis Out Of The App Store For Push Notifications Violations


Earlier today we reported that Apple mysteriously decided to pull the app discovery service AppGratis from the App Store over the weekend.

Apple confirmed that they have pulled the app from the App Store after it was decided AppGratis violates the App Store guidelines in two major ways.

All Things D reports that Apple informed them that AppGratis violates clause 2.25 and 5.6 which state the following:

“2.25 Apps that display  [Read More…]