Developer Exposes “Tricks” Applied to App Store

That App store It's a billion dollar source, not a novelty. However, while part of this amount is related to recurring billing from subscriptions, there are developers who take advantage of some loopholes (and users' trust) to apply real blows through certain apps, as you reported David Barnard on your blog.

The developer has already explained some misleading signatures on the App Store and this time delved deeper into the subject by showing the ten best known "tricks" which are applied at the Apple app store.

Not all “tricks” are intended to deceive the consumer, for example by subscribing to a service they did not want; some just take advantage of the algorithms Apple uses to be on top of searches or then appearing in App Store searches across countries.

Among the most absurd and common points, unfortunately, developers implement an app subscription page when they first open the app and the “Continue trial period” style button is far from the subscription fee.

If even you think it's “okay”, here's this: in some cases, the button to close the signature page is hidden for a few seconds, so that users feel obliged to touch the signature button in order to use it. the application. Barnard himself recorded one such case in which the button to close the page appeared six seconds after entering the signature page.

$ 8 a week for wallpapers. The close button appears about 6 seconds after you arrive. paywall. This app is making over $ 500,000 per month (from a trusted source) and is ranked # 79 on the “Top Free” list. I get the impression that Apple doesn't care.

In addition, there are cases where the subscription window appears randomly on the screen, and when owners of Touch ID iPhones attempt to evade the billing page, they accidentally authenticate the purchase from the Home button, as warned in the video above.

When not the signature window, only the popups with advertisements displayed every minute, “forcing” the consumer to pay for the removal of the ads for the user experience. In other ways of cheating consumers, developers promote other apps within those downloaded by the user, again from popups that appear randomly on the screen.

Look at these comments. The developer is clearly buying fake ratings to keep the average against a 1 star rating attack from real users.

Barnard said that after the app launched on the App Store, developers began buying fake ratings and reviews, which violates Apple's guidelines in every way, but they continue to do so. For him, given Apple's concern about privacy and user experience on iOS, it's terrifying to see that Apple's consumers are victims of such manipulation and fraud.

Finally, the developer points out that there are ways to succeed in the App Store without the need for "tricks" or, worse, scamming. But precisely because of this situation, it has become more difficult than it should be. Check out the full post on the developer's blog.

via the loop