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Apple’s App Store Really Doesn’t Seem To Like Pebble Apps

Do apps that work with Pebble’s smartwatch violate Apple’s App Store guidelines? Apple reportedly says no. But for some reason, the App Store keeps rejecting them anyway.

In late April, the App Store rejected a Pebble app called SeaNav US for mentioning Pebble in its metadata. Not long after that story broke, an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider that the company had no policy against Pebble apps. Now another developer’s experience suggests otherwise.

Rejections Going Overboard

The latest app to be hit with a rejection is the Swim.com Pebble Uploader, which is like “Strava for swimming,” according to the app’s developer, Davis Wuolle. The app logs how many strokes a Pebble-wearing swimmer takes, plus lap times, pace and distance. The app uses the Pebble Data Logging API to store swim workout files, and wearers can use the Pebble Uploader to beam that data to their Swim.com accounts.


Wuolle and his team got the app approved back in October, despite a few problems at first.

“They spit it back out several times,” says Wuolle, who believes the App Store’s resolution center didn’t fully understand what the app was supposed to do:

They were giving us a hard time about the metadata, so we ended up cleaning all that up, fixed some small bugs that we had, and we got into the submission process probably three or four times before it actually went through.

Once he explained the uploader’s sole function to the resolution center, something finally clicked at Apple and the app was approved. “From there we really had no issues submitting updates for it under the same name: Swim.com Pebble Uploader,” Wuolle says.

That is, until the app’s most recent update, which added a pop-up notification to tell users that the Uploader would soon be discontinued in favor of a new Swim.com iOS app that supports multiple wearable devices such as the Pebble, Garmin wearables, and the Poolmate Watch.

Wuolle submitted the update on April 27, only a few days after Apple stated it wasn’t rejecting apps connected to Pebble. It didn’t take long to get a rejection notice dinging the app for mentioning “irrelevant platform information in its App Name”:


The rejection notice from Apple over the Swim.com Pebble Uploader update

“We submitted a response in the resolution center saying the app name literally describes exactly what the app does,” says Wuolle, noting that the name—“Swim.com Pebble Uploader”—has remained the same since the app was approved back in October.

“Literally nothing changed except for adding this one pop-up,” he says.

For now, Wuolle is waiting to hear back from Apple about what—if anything—he can do next. The good news is that the fully featured Swim.com iOS app, for which the Pebble Uploader was just a stopgap solution anyway, is available for his users.

“Luckily for us, the app update didn’t contain anything that was critical to users to fix,” he says. “It just contained information about our new app, so they can download our new app.”


I’ve reached out to Apple for comment. In the meantime, Wuolle is still optimistic about Swim.com’s future with Apple, and perhaps its presence on an Apple-made wearable someday.

“We’re really happy that Apple has launched a wearable,” he says. “Obviously the Apple Watch isn’t waterproof enough to swim with officially, and there are some other constraints regarding that. But our goal for Swim.com is to support every wearable possible, and we really don’t want to be exclusive to anyone. We want Swim.com to be available to swimmers no matter which wearable they choose.”

Lead image by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; other images courtesy of Swim.com

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Store Visits Metric Helps Google AdWords Users Measure Offline ROI

After brands like Sephora and Buffalo Wild Wings saw success with “Store Visits,” Google has opened up the feature to Australian and Canadian advertisers, while also creating a new Best Practices Guide.

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Google Shares AdWords “Store Visits” Metric Conversion Lift Data

US retailers saw, on average, 10 times more conversions from mobile search ads when accounting for store visits estimated conversions.

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Apple TV Will Reportedly Get Siri And Apps—But There’s More In Store


Apple wants to jazz up the Apple TV experience, say BuzzFeed sources, but not with an incremental product refresh. According to the report, when the new version of the TV streaming set-top hits the market this summer, it will finally deliver access to the App Store and long-expected Siri voice features.

Apple hasn’t refreshed its Apple TV in more than two years. But the company just slashed the price of its existing third-generation Apple TV from $99 to $69, which it typically does before announcing a new model. 

See also: Amazon Goes All Siri On Your Living Room

The company has been cramming Siri into everything, from its iPads and CarPlay technology to the upcoming Apple Watch. Voice features have become the new black where TVs are concerned, with Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Nexus Player, Samsung Smart TVs and Microsoft’s Xbox game console all offering voice search or navigation.

But the real headliner is the App Store integration. The Apple TV set-top box doesn’t currently let users download new apps or channels, limiting them to whatever Apple installed or updated. People have complained for years about this fundamental omission, which kept Apple TV-connected televisions from running the same apps people enjoy on their iPhones or iPads. 


The updated hardware will supposedly feature a new design, a faster processor—probably some version of Apple’s latest A8 chip—more space than the current 8GB of storage and a redesigned remote control, presumably to include a microphone/Siri button. 

See also: Cord-Cutting For Some: HBO Now Launches With A Limited Apple TV Exclusive

The timing makes plenty of sense. The major tech companies have been focusing on television tech intensely over the past year or two, likely fueled—at least in part, if not entirely—by the surprise success of Google’s Chromecast in 2013

Home Alone With HomeKit

That may not be Apple’s end game, however. The BuzzFeed report suggested the new TV box will work with Apple’s HomeKit—the company’s software framework for smart-home devices—in some capacity. Our guess: That may be one of its main points, not an ancillary feature. 


Televisions make for intriguing smart-home command centers. Since voice features and integrations with outside developers are also key to smart-home systems, Apple is presumably doing groundwork for future smart-home initiatives that go beyond living-room entertainment. 

For now, however, the company is likely focusing on just getting its TV products into as many households as possible. To give that effort more juice, it partnered with HBO on the latter’s HBO Now standalone streaming subscription service, which will be available for the first three months exclusively on Apple TV.

Alongside the new box this summer, Apple may also announce a new streaming service that pipes on-demand programming and live TV over the Internet, the Wall Street Journal reports. The service, designed to appeal to cord-cutters, will likely debut in the fall.

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Google Is Bringing Paid Search Results To The Google Play Store by @mattsouthern

Google announced this morning that its bringing a familiar feature from Web search over the Google Play Store: paid search results for mobile apps. Mobile app developers will now have the ability to pay to promote their app on the Google Play store and have it prominently featured when people are searching for apps within that category. Here’s an example of how it will look: Google Play search ads will initially begin as a pilot program. A limited group of advertisers, who are already running Google search ads for their apps, will be able to use this feature first. Ads […]

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The Apple Watch Could Get Its Own Dedicated Store

Apple is mulling the idea of creating dedicated stores for its Apple Watch device, according to reports in the French press. Those reports pick up on rumors of several upmarket Paris retailers building separate display cases for the smartwatch ahead of its launch in April.

If those display cases prove to be a success, the reports suggest, then Apple will consider setting up new retail outlets specifically to sell the Apple Watch alongside purveyors of luxury goods. It could also set up smaller stores inside spaces run by other retailers, in the same way that Mac computers are currently sold at Best Buy in the U.S.

See also: Apple Bets Big On Its Smartwatch, Although Killer Apps May Be Missing In Action

It’s another sign of how Apple sees its smartwatch—as less of a gadget and more of a high-end piece of jewelry. The base price of the device has been set at $349, though the cost of an 18k gold Apple Watch Edition model has been estimated at several thousand dollars.

It would therefore make sense for Apple to adopt the retail strategy used by luxury watchmakers. It would also create a clear distinction between the Apple Watch and the firm’s mobile devices and computers.

Of course, Apple already has a strong high street presence, unlike most of its competitors—Apple Stores in several landmark locations across the globe have become almost as iconic as the products inside them. Work is already underway to accommodate the new Apple Watch inside the Cupertino company’s retail outlets, and that’s said to include high-security safes where the most expensive Apple Watches will be kept.

See also: LG Strives For Style With The All-Metal Urbane Smartwatch

Apple once again appears confident focusing on the premium end of the market—perhaps even more so than with its phones and tablets. While the first Android Wear smartwatches focused very much on functionality and low prices, more recent models (like the LG Urbane) have begun to aim higher in terms of cost and style. Both the Pebble and the Sony Smartwatch 3 are now available in premium steel versions alongside the regular editions.

We’ll have to wait until April to see exactly how the Apple Watch will be rolled out, and the way the three editions are priced. If it proves as much of a success as its maker thinks it’s going to be, don’t be surprised if it gets its own retail space in the near future.

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App Store SEO Reminds Me Of Direct Hit Ranking – Search Engine Roundtable

App Store SEO Reminds Me Of Direct Hit Ranking
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Surprise! Now There’s A Charlie Hebdo App In Apple’s App Store And Google Play


Five years after the staff of Charlie Hebdo gave up on the idea of submitting an app to Apple due to its notoriously restrictive approval process for political and controversial content, the French satirical magazine now has one live in the App Store, as well at Google Play.

What a difference a bunch of dead cartoonists makes.

Last week, Apple approved a “Je Suis Charlie” geo-tracking app for people who want to show their support for free expression in the wake of the massacre at the publication’s office in Paris.

“Contrary to what you thought would happen if Charlie Hebdo was to submit its app, it did get approved,” a spokesperson from Le Monde, the French daily newspaper which built the app, said.

Groupe Le Monde, which owns Le Monde, is one of several media outlets in France to offer material support to Charlie Hebdo following the January 7 terrorist attack, which left 10 staff members dead. Along with with the daily newspaper Libération, Radio France and France Televisions, Groupe Le Monde volunteered staff and equipment to ensure Charlie Hebdo’s continued publication.

As part of that support, Le Monde’s mobile team began building the Charlie Hebdo app the day after the massacre. They wanted to have the app available for download on Friday, the day the first post-shooting issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the newsstands, the spokesperson told ReadWrite. Now, anyone unable to find a print copy of Charlie Hebdo’s 7  million-issue run (up from its standard 60,000) can download the app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The Charlie Hebdo app is free to download, but you have to make a $2.99 in-app purchase in order to access the latest issue, or shell out $89.99 for a year’s subscription. The latest issue is available in English and Spanish as well as French. But Anglophones and Hispanophones take note: future issues will be only appear in French.

According to Le Monde’s spokesperson, time limitations proved the greatest obstacle in getting the Charlie Hebdo app on the market. “We needed to build the app, to translate all the content to Spanish and in English, and hurry a way to display the translations,” he told ReadWrite. “Second, we needed to get the proper documents from Charlie’s survivors to open the official accounts, and as you can guess they were mourning their loss, working on the survivor’s issue, dealing with the press.”

Despite Charlie Hebdo’s caustic content, receiving Apple’s approval for the app was not a problem. “Apple and Google both have been very kind and helpful and of course they never asked to limit the content in any way,” the spokesperson told ReadWrite.

Even the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition, which depicts the prophet Muhammad holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign while shedding a tear, appears in the App Store. Depicting Muhammad’s image—something that Charlie Hebdo does regularly—is considered heretical to some Muslims.

The necessity of making an in-app purchase to access Charlie Hebdo’s content may provide Apple with enough comfortable distance to approve the free app. Regardless, it’s a dramatic change for Apple, which rejected comparatively tame American political cartoonist Mark Fiore’s animation app in 2009. According to Apple’s rejection letter at the time, Fiore’s offending images included cartoons that criticized torture and White House party crashers. It wasn’t until 2010, when Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize, that Apple relented.

An onslaught of customer complaints following Fiore’s rejection also led to changes in Apple’s rules, which now allow apps that feature ridicule of public figures and the like. Apple’s difficult relationship with satire remained an issue, however. In 2013, the App Store rejected the iOS game Sweat Shop, which dealt with the conditions in Third World factories.

Whether the Charlie Hebdo app is an aberration greenlighted in the aftermath of a horrifying tragedy, or this marks a real change to Apple’s App Store and iTunes restrictions, remains to be seen. 

Lead image courtesy Valentina Calà

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Surprise! You Can Now Buy Terrorist-Baiting Charlie Hebdo App In Apple’s App Store And Google Play


Five years after the staff of Charlie Hebdo gave up on the idea of submitting an app to Apple due to its notoriously restrictive approval process for political and controversial content, the French satirical magazine now has one live in the App Store, as well a Google Play.

What a difference a bunch of dead cartoonists makes.

Last week, Apple approved a “Je Suis Charlie” geo-tracking app for people who want to show their support for free expression in the wake of the massacre at the publication’s office in Paris.

“Contrary to what you thought would happen if Charlie Hebdo was to submit its app, it did get approved,” a spokesperson from Le Monde, the French daily newspaper which built the app, said.

Groupe Le Monde, which owns Le Monde, is one of several media outlets in France to offer material support to Charlie Hebdo following the January 7 terrorist attack, which left 10 staff members dead. Along with with the daily newspaper Libération, Radio France and France Televisions, Groupe Le Monde volunteered staff and equipment to ensure Charlie Hebdo’s continued publication.

As part of that support, Le Monde’s mobile team began building the Charlie Hebdo app the day after the massacre. They wanted to have the app available for download on Friday, the day the first post-shooting issue of Charlie Hebdo hit the newsstands, the spokesperson told ReadWrite. Now, anyone unable to find a print copy of Charlie Hebdo’s 3 million-issue run (up from its standard 60,000) can download the app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The Charlie Hebdo app is free to download, but you have to make a $2.99 in-app purchase in order to access the latest issue, or shell out $89.99 for a year’s subscription. The latest issue is available in English and Spanish as well as French. But Anglophones and Hispanophones take note: future issues will be only appear in French.

According to Le Monde’s spokesperson, time limitations proved the greatest obstacle in getting the Charlie Hebdo app on the market. “We needed to build the app, to translate all the content to Spanish and in English, and hurry a way to display the translations,” he told ReadWrite. “Second, we needed to get the proper documents from Charlie’s survivors to open the official accounts, and as you can guess they were mourning their loss, working on the survivor’s issue, dealing with the press.”

Despite Charlie Hebdo’s caustic content, receiving Apple’s approval for the app was not a problem. “Apple and Google both have been very kind and helpful and of course they never asked to limit the content in any way,” the spokesperson told ReadWrite.

Even the cover of Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition, which depicts the prophet Muhammad holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign” while shedding a tear, appears in the App Store. Depicting Muhammad’s image–something that Charlie Hebdo does regularly–is considered heretical to some Muslims.

The necessity of making an in-app purchase to access Charlie Hebdo’s content may provide Apple with enough comfortable distance to approve the free app. Regardless, it’s a dramatic change for Apple, which rejected comparatively tame American political cartoonist Mark Fiore’s animation app in 2009. Offending images included, according to Apple’s rejection letter at the time, cartoons that criticized torture and White House party crashers. It wasn’t until 2010, when Fiore won the Pulitzer Prize, that Apple relented.

An onslaught of customer complaints following Fiore’s rejection also led to changes in Apple’s rules, which now allow apps that feature ridicule of public figures and the like. Apple’s difficult relationship with satire remained an issue, however. In 2013, the App Store rejected the iOS game “Sweat Shop,” which dealt with the conditions in Third World factories.

Whether the Charlie Hebdo app is an aberration greenlighted in the aftermath of a horrifying tragedy, or this marks a real change to Apple’s App Store and iTunes restrictions, remains to be seen. 

Lead image courtesy Valentina Calà

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“Store Visits” Metric in Google AdWords Measures Offline Conversions

The new metrics allow you to see the impact of your search ads on in-store traffic.

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