Apple Shuts Down Google’s Internal iOS Apps

A day after taking similar action against Facebook, Apple revoked Google’s developer certificate on Thursday. which disabled internal apps used by the company’s employees, like Gbus for transportation, as well as also early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, as well as also Gmail, according to the Verge. The crackdown follows a TechCrunch report published Wednesday about a Google app called Screenwise Meter which monitored how people use their iPhones as well as also violated Apple’s policies.

In a statement, Google told BuzzFeed News, “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon.” Apple told BuzzFeed News, “We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly.”

Screenwise Meter violated Apple’s policies by taking advantage of an enterprise program, which was designed exclusively for company-only app distribution as well as also gives developers more access to data in Apple hardware. Google disabled Screenwise on Wednesday after TechCrunch’s report.

Apple cracked down on Facebook in a similar way on Wednesday, after the company’s app called Facebook Research was found to be in violation of App Store policies. Apple revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate, which disabled its internal testing apps, in addition to employee apps for coordinating collaboration, commuting, as well as also viewing the daily lunch schedule.

Apple’s revocation of developer certificates is usually significant: The inability to access iOS tools for productivity as well as also product development means which work at Google as well as also Facebook will be impacted. A Business Insider report referred to “chaos” inside Facebook as the company scrambled to respond to Apple’s action. which’s also a tough stance for Apple to take against Google, which is usually estimated to pay Apple $9 billion to remain the default search engine from the Safari mobile browser.

which afternoon, a Twitter user named Shac Ron, whose bio reads “Software Architect at Google,” tweeted, “My certs have been revoked.”

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed which the company’s enterprise certification — thereby, its internal employee applications — was restored by Apple. “We are from the process of getting our internal apps up as well as also running. To be clear, which didn’t have an impact on our consumer-facing services,” the spokesperson added.