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Following its purchase of the app search engine Chomp, Apple has disabled its functionality with Google's Android mobile operating system.

AppleInsider first began to receive word from readers on Thursday that Chomp was no longer working on Android phones. And as of Friday, the site no longer allows users to search for Android applications, only offering the iPhone and iPad as options.

Apple's purchase of Chomp was first revealed in February by The Wall Street Journal, and the price is believed to be around $50 million. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 2009, and raised $2.5 million in funding before it was bought out.

Aside from the removal of Android from the Chomp.com website, the service looks largely the same. Users can search for what they want for either iPhone or iPad, or see lists options in the categories "Free Apps of the Day," "Trending Apps," "All Time Greats," "On Sale," "Top Twitter Apps," and "New Apps."

The company's "About Us" page makes no mention of Apple or the buyout. It gives a list of angel investors that have backed the company, as well as the company's advisors, which include actor Ashton Kutcher and entrepreneur Kevin Rose.

In addition to a search website, Chomp also has an application available for iOS on the App Store. The free download (iTunes link) currently has a rating of four and a half stars from users.

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Chomp was only the second acquisition made by Apple in 2012, despite the fact that the company has a growing cash pile that is over $100 billion. Rather than make a number of high-profile acquisitions, Apple announced in March that it will spend $45 billion over the next three years on a stock dividend and share repurchase program.

It's believed that Apple will use is acquisition of Chomp to improve its own App Store for the iPhone and iPad, specifically the ability of users to find new applications from the digital storefront. The company revealed this week in its quarterly earnings conference call that there are more than 600,000 applications currently available on the iOS App Store, with 200,000 of those designed specifically for the iPad.
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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!
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Billion, not million; a $100 million cash pile won't take Apple very far.

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Why would they, Google makes a lot of money off iOS users with ads and such.
 

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Billion, not million; a $100 million cash pile won't take Apple very far.


Those stock dividends would really hurt if it were! Lol
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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!

 

What are they going to do? If they try to cut off their search or map, they'd land in front of the DOJ faster than you could say 'illegal abuse of monopoly power'.

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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!

 

What are they going to do? If they try to cut off their search or map, they'd land in front of the DOJ faster than you could say 'illegal abuse of monopoly power'.


I know, just kidding really.
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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

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What are they going to do? If they try to cut off their search or map, they'd land in front of the DOJ faster than you could say 'illegal abuse of monopoly power'.

I'm sure that Google could decide not to renew the Search and Maps contracts when they come up for renewal. Remember, Google is the one paying Apple for the privilege of being on iOS not the other way around. Of course, why would they not renew since Google makes plenty of money off of iOS.

 

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

 

You sir have lost your mind!

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

 

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

 


I'm not sure what circles of people who care about technology and its future you frequent.  In mine, everyone owns an Apple laptop and the majority have an iPhone.  Those that have tablets all have iPads.  The WWDC sold out thousands of tickets in an hour or so at $1600 a pop.

 

Which sounds less evil to you: trying to make products so good that consumers will want them so much that the creators become enormous, or tracking everything a user does or says and selling access to it to the highest bidder to spend half your phone's resources serving ads?  Apple is not the evil one.

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Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future.

 

Thank goodness if that means they're becoming more relevant to people who really care about people and their future.

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Chomp.com's web site leaves little to be desired. Each category only lists 9 items per page forcing you to click the next button repeatedly. They should get rid of the big graphics for each app and list hundreds of apps per page.

 

 

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Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

 

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Thank goodness if that means they're becoming more relevant to people who really care about people and their future.

Yeah it is like if someone were to say Volkswagen is irrelevant to people who care about cars. Sure we used to tinker with the mechanics when we were younger. Now you can't even recognize anything under the hood, but they drive better, last longer and are a lot safer. If you like to tinker with computers go get yourself a Linux box, but there is no reason to toss out your Mac just because Apple is making them easy to use for the average consumer. I understand where he is coming from because at times it appears to be one step forward and two steps back, for example, with the auto spelling correction, however, Apple will keep working on it and they will eventually get it right.

 

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I'm sure that Google could decide not to renew the Search and Maps contracts when they come up for renewal. Remember, Google is the one paying Apple for the privilege of being on iOS not the other way around. Of course, why would they not renew since Google makes plenty of money off of iOS.

 

 

Google MIGHT get away with not renewing the contract, but that would depend on whether they had similar deal with other vendors.

Either way, while they could stop paying Apple, they couldn't stop offering maps and search for Apple products.

 

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

If they were to stop supporting Macs or iOS devices with their maps and search, it would be a clear attempt to use their search monopoly and power in mapping to try to distort the hardware markets - which would almost certainly be illegal.

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Why would they "reply in kind" anyway? Looking at Google's application store, Google Play, they already have (all?) the search features that Chomp offered. No harm to Google that I can think of.

https://play.google.com/store

 

 

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Remember this?

 

 

Google buys reMail iPhone app, then pulls it from App Store

(http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/02/google-buys-remail-iphone-app-then-pulls-it-from-app-store.ars)

 

This is business as usual people. Nothing to see hear. Especially, enough with the Apple is evil nonsense. Please.

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like android users care about this...

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http://chomp.com/q/search/game?platform=android

 

Still works if you type your own url! They took down the button but the backend still has the data!

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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!

You mean retaliate? No, why would they?
Google has enough problems trying to make their app store as successful as Apple's.
They aren't interested in hurting Apple as much as they are in expanding Android.

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.


Calling Apple "evil" tells me less about what they are doing, and more about your particular value judgments.

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You mean retaliate? No, why would they?
Google has enough problems trying to make their app store as successful as Apple's.
They aren't interested in hurting Apple as much as they are in expanding Android.

 

 

re·cip·ro·cate:  Respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one.

 

I used reciprocate intentionally so as to try to make it light hearted as I was jesting for the most part.  Retaliate would have imbued the comment with more of a sinister (not meaning left handed here) implication.  I was using an iPad and have not found how to make the various faces yet … 

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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!

 

I hope they do, they can take their advertising with them and the money they make doing it.

 

They won't.

 

Google are about money not principles.

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How is cutting search or maps from a class of users violating monopoly status? Besides being a monopoly is not illegal either. Using your monopoly status in one market to win another is illegal.

 

I liked Apple much better when Google were friends and Microsoft a common enemy. Nowadays Apple reeks of evil more than any other tech company (they are at the forefront of tech companies that want to kill general computing and sell you appliances). And it's all about profits it seems and mobile devices. Macs are second class citizens. Sad, but Apple is becoming irrelevant to people who really care about technology and its future. They turned into their nightmare big fat bully from their 1984 ad.

 

 

Dude, don't you have a "99%" whine-session to go to or something?

 

Just because Apple doesn't cater to your specific wants, doesn't make it evil.  

 

People are voting with their hard-earned money, and those votes show that Apple is providing products and services which millions and millions and millions of people eagerly want.

 

And not just mobile.  Read the data:  Mac has been growing like gangbusters, while Windows is moribund.  The MacBook Air has been nothing short of revolutionary.  But I suppose you know better than all the millions who are switching to Mac.

 

Even from a purely corporate and capitalistic sense, the world would be a far better place if more companies did precisely what Apple does:  focus on a few things you can do well, and seek to delight the customer above all else.

 

There's plenty of true evil in the world.  You don't need to try to force that description on Apple.

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Monopolies are illegal in the U.S. See the Sherman anti-trust act of 1890. Or, just ask AT&T, Standard Oil, ...

 

That is not true at all. 

Illegal abuse of monopoly power is illegal. Monopolies, per se, are not. 

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Google are about money not principles.

Of course they are...

 

just as it is for Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and the rest of the tech players. Principles don't pay very well.

 


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In our home we have iPads, Androids (the iPhone is nice, but I like a bigger screen and more customizations), a MacBook Air, a Windows Netbook, an old Windows desktop PC, and two iPod Touches.  With each purchase we chose what worked out best for us.  There is no "dark side". 

 

Plus Chomp wasn't that great for Android - AppBrain is the clear leader.

 

 

 


 

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Plus Chomp wasn't that great for Android - AppBrain is the clear leader.

 

 

 


 

 

Why Apple it buy not?  :)

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How ironic. 

 

Just as Google releases Google Drive with support for all the major platforms, showing yet again how Google supports technology the lets you work the way you want to work (and that they aren't afraid of a little competition)...

 

Apple buys yet another 'innovation' and then removes any reference to their competition.

 

And why is it that Apple, for all their apparent brilliance, is incapable of supporting any of their technology on more than a handful of devices. Sounds to me like Apple isn't about enabling it's loyal users, it's all about limiting their choices.

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I had a comment but I can't stop giggling....

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How ironic. 

 

Just as Google releases Google Drive with support for all the major platforms, showing yet again how Google supports technology the lets you work the way you want to work (and that they aren't afraid of a little competition)...

 

Apple buys yet another 'innovation' and then removes any reference to their competition.

 

And why is it that Apple, for all their apparent brilliance, is incapable of supporting any of their technology on more than a handful of devices. Sounds to me like Apple isn't about enabling it's loyal users, it's all about limiting their choices.

 

It has nothing to do with being incapable. It's a matter of Apple not having any desire to support the competition and offering a package of devices and software that they can be sure will work well together. Since they have no control over the crappy Android phones being sold, there's no reason for them to support them.

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Apple was all about Google until the google CEO who sat on apple's board stole Apple's brainchild and started building its own mobile phone and iOS ripoff.

Your speech was almost meaningful, if Google hand't tried to forcibly rape Apple's intellectual virgin butthole, you might have actually created some sympathy for the Squirrel.

 

As it is, not so much.

 

That was my best analogy of all time.  I even impressed me.

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…Google supports technology the lets you work the way you want to work…

 

As long as 'the way you want to work' is 'by giving us access to do what we want with everything you upload'.

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 (and that they aren't afraid of a little competition)…

 

Which is why they generally buy up anyone who could be a competitor… 

 

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And why is it that Apple, for all their apparent brilliance, is incapable of supporting any of their technology on more than a handful of devices.

 

Could you elaborate?

 

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Why would they "reply in kind" anyway? Looking at Google's application store, Google Play, they already have (all?) the search features that Chomp offered. No harm to Google that I can think of.

https://play.google.com/store

 

 

 

Yea their is none, actually as an Android user this is the first I've even heard of Chomp and I read a lot of tech sites, a mean a lot, as I've been stuck in a hospital bed for the last 2 months. This program will not be missed at least not by me. I rarely use the Android Store anyway, I download all of my .apk install files and keep them up to date myself. When I need to restore I use a script from the command line that goes threw my entire app directory and installs them in the background. I have about 20 programs in which I use everyday with another 60 that I also have installed on my phone and tablets. As I write my one distribution or ROM for Android I'm constantly compiling and wiping out my stuff so I needed a quick app install method .Plus it makes it easier to send a program to my parents via email, especially my mom who always want's to play with the newest and greatest. It's really neat to, when you send a program via email, Gmail actually shows an install button right there in the message, talk about a really great feature.

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Ouch! I hope Google don't reciprocate in kind!

 

They only make money off of Apple owners using Google, nada from the Android users.

 

With MS pushing "BING" and Apple moving away from pushing Google, the idea of giving away Android and buying MotoMo is costing Google a lot of money in primary, secondary and tertiary ways.

 

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Google management is poised to to be kicked off the bridge right into a lifeboat.

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Which is why they generally buy up anyone who could be a competitor… 

 

Yea Apple does that to, probably more then most companies and if they can't buy them they'll sue them, standard practice nowadays for all company's it seems.

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