At least in the App store. Last week new regulations came down the pipe from Apple banning the word “Android” from being mentioned in any app descriptions. The culprit that caused the ban was Tim Novikov, whose “Flash of Genius” SAT prep flashcard app mentioned its status as a “finalist in Google’s Android Developer’s [sic] Challenge.”
First off, you probably shouldn’t be using the word “developer’s” in that context if you’re creating SAT prep materials. But besides that, it seems like a fairly innocuous mention of a competitor.
“Competitor? SMASH THEM!” responded Steve Jobs. Actually, here’s the official statement:
“Providing future platform compatibility plans or other general platform references are not relevant in the context of the iPhone App Store.”
Other words banned from the app store? “Boobs” and “Booty.” The word “Android” sure is joining some illustrious company.