A new report from The Wall St. Journal indicates that Apple’s app store has become a “paranoids” experience for developers, as they have to keep their apps up to date with new software features and bugs.
The report, titled “How Android Apps Are Killing iOS Users,” cites a number of new bugs found in Android apps that Apple is actively removing.
These include bugs that allow users to download files over networks and devices, such as in-app purchases and cloud storage.
As a result, the report states, users may find that they are unable to install apps, or are forced to uninstall them, as some developers are forced by Apple to remove their apps.
The report says that Android app downloads and downloads from the Google Play Store are also disappearing from the store, but it does not provide a timeframe for when these apps will disappear.
The app store also offers little to no security protections, according to the report, which notes that apps are “not protected against phishing attacks and the likes of maliciously crafted attachments.”
The report suggests that apps can be hacked and even deleted.
“We suspect that this is an effort by Apple, Google, and other app makers to protect their apps and their user data from the attacks that have been known to affect Apple’s own apps, as well as other app stores, and potentially other platforms,” said the report.
“However, this may not be true, and these efforts have not been widely acknowledged in the past.”
The report states that the developers of apps that use Android’s new APIs for building applications “often have to take drastic measures to protect user data against a wide variety of attacks.”
This includes notifying users of the fact that they may be being targeted, notifying them of possible data loss, and requiring users to accept or decline permissions.
For example, the Android app “Hacked” was removed from the Android Market, and the developer of “Hackers,” which uses Android’s SDK, was told to “re-enable the Android APIs and not publish any apps with that name.”
In addition, some apps were removed from Google Play because developers did not follow the Android Developer Guidelines for adding new APIs to Android apps.
According to the WSJ report, many of the bugs found by The Wall’s authors, which include some that are “new and/or previously unknown” in the Android ecosystem, were found in “a large number of Android apps.”
The WSJ found that “Android app developers had to build for Android’s mobile platform, the platform that most people use.”
This meant that they were not required to be as secure as other apps, and they were often vulnerable to security flaws that were previously unknown.
Apple did not respond to the reports findings in a statement provided to The Wall.