GetJar, an independent App Store has announced that it has banned one of the biggest selling apps from its platform.
The Opera Mini browser had racked up more the 30 million downloads on Getjar over the last several years and was one of the most popular apps in the browser category.
In a statement, the company confirmed that Opera had been banned for T&C violations. It later confirmed the reasons in a letter that was sent to its apps developers.
Patrick Mork, CMO GetJar confirmed that the simple problem is that Opera mini decided to include a competing app store in its browser.
He added that although they don’t have any issue with this in principle, in practice it means that consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar to get their favorites apps. This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore, of the advertising necessary to keep their service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar.
Kenya’s government has planned to migrate its online information to work on mobile phones, either via mobile web browsers, or by SMS. Information Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange Ndemo revealed that they plan to start with transferring data from the Transport Ministry as they seek to further enhance service delivery.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the entire e-government is moving onto a mobile platform. From February, an officer at the Transport Ministry can find out whether any vehicle on Kenyan road has a road license or whether it’s stolen by simply sending an SMS. About 52% or the entire adult population in Kenya has a mobile phone so if you want to communicate with them; you will find them in that platform.