“Following its purchase of the app search engine Chomp, Apple has disabled its functionality with Google’s Android mobile operating system,” AppleInsider reports.
“AppleInsider first began to receive word from readers on Thursday that Chomp was no longer working on Android phones. And as of Friday, the site no longer allows users to search for Android applications, only offering the iPhone and iPad as options,” AppleInsider reports. “Apple’s purchase of Chomp was first revealed in February by The Wall Street Journal, and the price is believed to be around $50 million.”
AppleInsider reports, “It’s believed that Apple will use is acquisition of Chomp to improve its own App Store for the iPhone and iPad, specifically the ability of users to find new applications from the digital storefront. The company revealed this week in its quarterly earnings conference call that there are more than 600,000 applications currently available on the iOS App Store, with 200,000 of those designed specifically for the iPad.”
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MacDailyNews Take: While Android settlers drift about aimlessly in a sea of fragmentation and confusion, as usual, Windows Phone sufferers can look forward to a similar service “coming real soon now” that’s named after their first thieving leader, “Chump” and a sister service for Windows 8 (no launch date provided) named after their current dancing monkey called “Chimp.”
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “pablorph” for the inspiration for the Take.]
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