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Even Apple and Google have had enough of Flappy Bird

Both app stores are stopping app developers from using the word “Flappy” in their title, but numerous clones are still available to download.

A small selection of the number of Flappy Bird clones currently in the Google Play store.
A small selection of the number of Flappy Bird clones currently in the Google Play store.
Image: Google Play

ANY APP DEVELOPERS thinking on using the success of Flappy Bird to help increase downloads will need to think again.

Both Apple and Google’s app stores are rejecting any app that includes the word “Flappy” in their title since the original was removed a week ago.

A number of developers have received rejection emails from Apple saying that it had failed its approval process and would not be made available on the App Store.

One such person was Vancouver-based game designer Ken Carpenter saw his latest app “Flappy Dragon” rejected by both Apple and Google Play. Apple said it was because the app was in violation of the store’s guidelines, which attempted to “leverage a popular app”.

22.2: Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations will be rejected

We found that your app, and/or its metadata, contains content that could be misleading to users, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.

After the original creator removed Flappy Bird from both stores, many apps have tried to cash in on the craze. Both stores have numerous apps using the word, including those that have nothing to do with the game. In some cases, games which use the word have been renamed.

In the Google Play store alone, there are more than 250 apps which feature the word “Flappy” in their title, and the top free game in each store, Clumsy Bird (Google Play) and Splashy Fish (App Store), are clones of the game.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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