Durov attacked Apple. Accused the company of killing startups
16.07.2020 0 Comments
A powerful statement!
The creator of the Telegram messenger, Pavel Durov, published an article criticizing Apple. According to Durov, Apple is abusing its position in the market by holding back or completely destroying promising young startups. In his article, Durov proposed options for countering an American company.
Durov admitted that in 2016 Telegram was planning to launch a creative platform for game creators based on the messenger. However, Apple has banned doing this, citing its own rules. The American company threatened to remove the Telegram application from the App Store if the already created game catalogs were not removed from it.
According to Durov, Apple did this for the same reason that the company prohibits the installation of any applications on the iPhone outside the App Store.
“The fact is that Apple, taking advantage of its monopoly position, requires all application developers in the AppStore to transfer 30% of the turnover from the sale of any digital services to it. Digital services are, for example, fees for the applications themselves or premium features in them. In return, Apple does not give developers anything other than allowing their applications to be available to iPhone users, ”Durov said.
Due to this feature of the App Store, thousands of promising startups could not be implemented. About the same scheme works in the Google Play app store from Google, said Durov.
Durov believes that you can correct the situation by requiring Apple to provide users with the ability to install applications not only through the App Store.
“Users should have the right to freely run applications on their smartphones – just like they can install any programs on their computers today,” Durov said.
The creator of Telegram noted that doing this is not an easy task, since Apple and Google have thousands of lobbyists and lawyers with unlimited budgets at their service. However, “the time for fear has passed,” Durov concluded.
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