Apple Restricts Google from Running Its Internal iOS Apps

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Apple shut down Google’s ability to distribute its internal iOS applications prior today, following a similar shutdown that was issued to Facebook recently. A spokesperson familiar with the subject matter discloses to The Verge that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta applications stopped working alongside employee-only applications like a Gbus app for transportation and Google’s internal café app.

TechCrunch and Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen announced late Thursday that the app’s functionality had been restored; Apple seems to have worked more closely with Google to fix this situation. “We are cooperating with Google to enable them to reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly,” an Apple representative prior told BuzzFeed.

Apple’s move to block Google’s developer certificate comes just a day after Google disabled its Screenwise Meter app following press coverage. Google’s private application was intended to screen how individuals use their iPhones, like Facebook’s research app. Google’s application likewise depended on Apple’s enterprise program, which enables the distribution of internal applications within a company.

In an earlier statement over Facebook’s certificate approval, Apple warned that “any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.” Apple is plainly adhering to its standards and applying them similarly to Facebook, Google, and likely numerous other organizations that get caught breaking Apple’s norms later on.

Facebook’s internal iOS applications have since resumed functioning, as the social network said last evening Apple had restored its enterprise certificate. Additionally, both Apple and Google’s announcements clarify that the organizations are cooperating to fix Google’s issues.

In the interim, there’s growing evidence that various organizations are using Apple’s enterprise project to distribute apps to customers. iOS developer Alex Fajkowski has found that Amazon, DoorDash, and Sonos all distribute beta forms of their applications to non-employees. Apple might be forced to make a move against these applications, or to try and revamp its entire enterprise program in the future.

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