Earlier today, Om Malik of GigaOM noticed that Apple has pulled the Android app from rival Google’s mobile app marketplace – Google Play.
The casualty of that acquisition is the Chomp for Android app which seems to have been discontinued. It is hard to figure out what is going to happen to Chomp’s deal with Verizon. Anyway, the upside of Chomp for Android being put out to pasture is that it means less competition for rival app discovery platforms such as AppsFire and others, who can work with carriers for better app discovery on their Android stores.
Chomp website before acquisition
Chomp website after acquisition
As the number of apps have increased in the App Store, which is now over 600,000 apps, it has become more and more difficult to find a new app. Apple understands that it has a growing problem on its hand and seems to have bought Chomp to help address it.
Chomp claims that “their proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps, so you can search based on what apps do, not just what they’re called. Try searching for “puzzle games”, “kids games”, “expense trackers”, “tip calculators” or “chat” and start finding great apps.”
We won’t be surprised if Apple discontinues the iPhone and iPad app from the App Store as it incorporates some features from Chomp’s app search and discovery platform. Apple had done a similar thing with Siri. It removed the original Siri app from the App Store after it launched iPhone 4S, which featured an improved version of Siri.
So download Chomp’s iPhone app using this App Store link before it is pulled from the App Store as well.