Following reports that Apple revoked Google’s Enterprise Developer Program certificate yesterday, effectively rendering a number of its internal iOS apps nonfunctional, the Mountain View company says that the problem has been resolved.
The Verge yesterday reported that “early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail, and other pre-release beta apps” stopped working this afternoon, in addition to employee-only apps for transportation and Google’s on-campus cafe app. At the time, Google told VentureBeat it was working with Apple on a fix.
Apple seems to have been motivated by Google’s Screenwise Meter, an opt-in behavioral monitoring app uncovered by TechCrunch this week. Much like Facebook’s widely reported Project Atlas, it appeared to skirt the rules of the enterprise program by using it to monitor iPhone owners’ phone usage.
Apple earlier said that “any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.” Facebook, like Google, saw its enterprise certificate revoked this week.
The Cupertino company’s move came even after Google disabled Screenwise Meter, which had been operating since 2012. In an earlier statement, Google apologized, and said that the research panel “should not have operated under [the] developer enterprise program.”
That conciliatory move wasn’t enough to spare it from Apple’s wrath, apparently.
Updated 2/1 at 6:10 a.m. Pacific: Added details to reflect that Google has regained access to its internal iOS apps.
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