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Definition of "Web Launcher"? Somewhat generic description in the Terms and Conditions.

Hello all,

 

We recently submitted our RSS/Google Reader AIR application to the AppWorld, but it wasn't untill recently that I noticed the terms and conditions state that "web launchers" aren't applicable to the offer.

 

My question is, is our Atom/Rss/Google Reader app seriously going to be rejected and should we try to work on an alternative application?  I would say that our app will be quite useful to many people and that it's more of an aggregator, but I thought I'd ask.

 

Your suggestions/opinions are much appreciated.

 

Tajddin

 

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Re: Definition of "Web Launcher"? Somewhat generic description in the Terms and Conditions.

Just for reference's sake, here's the link to the conditions:

 

http://us.blackberry.com/developers/tablet/terms_conditions.jsp

 

 

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Re: Definition of "Web Launcher"? Somewhat generic description in the Terms and Conditions.

i think by web launcher they were refering to creating an app that simply opens a browser and goes to a website. kind of like creating short cut links on your desktop. when you click on them (icon that looks like a normal file) they simply open your default browser and goes to the linked website.

 

since your app is an rss reader its not a web launcher becasue its an actual app that doesnt just redirect you to a page on the net. at least thats my take.

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Re: Definition of "Web Launcher"? Somewhat generic description in the Terms and Conditions.

I agree, a web launcher is really just a shortcut to open a certain page in the browser. I think you have nothing to worry about. Nice UI, btw.

 

I do think that those who can create a working web launcher at this point deserve a PlayBook:smileytongue:

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Re: Definition of "Web Launcher"? Somewhat generic description in the Terms and Conditions.

I googled for this when I first read it, and determined that a web launcher would be an app that merely launched the system's browser (which doesn't exist yet in the simulator), for one or more predefined pages.  An RSS reader would not be considered a web launcher.

 

The terms and conditions also mention app's that perform a simple function such as making noise.  Somebody else used the term "sound board" with respect to that, and upon googling that I discovered it's one of those app that simply plays one or more predefined sounds (e.g. the classic "fart app", or ones with various animal sounds).

 

Those might all be acceptable in App World but wouldn't merit a free PlayBook.

 

I think if your app has some actual logic and control flow in it, it's very likely to qualify.


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