Google Admits to Sidestepping App Store Rules
A Google spokesperson told C|Net that the Mobile App does indeed use undocumented APIs. At the same time Google denied that it was linking to private or dynamic frameworks, which is a far more serious charge.
However, more worrisome to other developers is the fact that according to terms of the SDK, such an app should not be able to make it through the App Store approval process. Since the App Store approval process has proved to be somewhat spotty at times.
The rules are supposed to make the playing field even for developers. The question is, did the app make it through because:
- Apple missed the use of undocumented APIs
- Google cut a deal
- Google has political clout