Bloomberg reports that 9 app developers have created an independent lobbying group, away from Apple, Google, and Microsoft as they try to convince congress of how important the app ecosystem is, the report says:
Nine mobile app companies are launching a new trade group to weigh in on the nation’s most controversial tech policy issues, banding together to assert their independence from Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Booking Holdings Inc.’s Priceline, OpenTable Inc. and Kayak, along with Perry Street Software, which operates dating applications, are among the founding members of the App Coalition. The group kicked off its operations Wednesday calling on Congress to ensure that startups can access loans and grants designed to help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic.
The group aims to distinguish itself clearly from ACT-The App Association, a group backed heavily from Apple and Microsoft. The CEO of the new group said in a statement via Bloomberg:
“The difference between our group and that group is that they’re funded by Apple, Microsoft and a host of other large technology and platform companies,” said Michael Drobac, a senior advisor of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC, the lobbying firm running the coalition. “We hope we have the same agenda and we look forward to working with them. That’s not where the funding for this is going to come from.”
While the 9 app developers are significant, one that catches the eye is Blix, the developers over the BlueMail app which claimed the company hid its app from App Store search results as it viewed it as a threat to its stock mail app. It turned into Apple removing it from the store.
One of the first goals of the new group is to ensure that the app developer qualify for the new US government’s Paycheck Protection Program, aimed to help small business recover from COVID19