Apple bans Android magazine from its App Store

27 Nov 2010

The growing schism between Google and Apple is getting personal. Apple has reportedly banned a Danish publisher from selling a magazine about Google’s Android operating system in its App Store.

Seemingly within hours of Apple ordering a Chinese manufacturer to refrain from making Steve Jobs look-alike dolls, Apple’s App Store told the CEO of Danish firm Mediaprovider that it couldn’t put a magazine about Google’s Android operating system in its app store.

According to Fortune, Mediaprovider CEO Brian Dixon was bluntly told that because the magazine was about Android it couldn’t be sold via the App Store.

Dixon’s publication is an Android counterpart to its iPhone magazine and was launched earlier this month.

Competition is intense between Apple’s iOS 4.2-based iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. Matters weren’t helped recently when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told a Dutch magazine he believes Android will become the most dominant mobile operating system, surpassing iOS.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years