TRAI's Do-Not-Disturb app makes quiet entry into Apple store

  • TRAI's Do-Not-Disturb app makes quiet entry into Apple store

TRAI's Do-Not-Disturb app makes quiet entry into Apple store

The Chinese market makes up almost 40 percent of the App Store's revenue, analysts at Macquarie Research reported earlier this year, so it's important for Apple to maintain control over its content.

The telecom regulator had been waiting for Apple to implement an anti-spam feature within iOS, but without it, India was left little room to work with.

Users can also report spam numbers and messages through the app.

With China reportedly responsible for 40 percent of Apple's app store revenue, it's not surprising to see the company kowtowing to the government and its strict restrictions on content. After that, TRAI held several meetings with Apple to request access to call logs and messages, as it's usually against iOS' policies.

However, this July, TRAI categorically asked access providers to ensure "within six months' time, that all smartphones registered on its network support the permissions required for the functioning of such Apps".

Apple warned developers against updating iOS apps without its permission in early 2017.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker Apple has finally relented and has begun hosting the Indian telecom regulator's Do-Not-Disturb app, at the centre of a dispute between the two over privacy concerns. TRAI DND will help Indian users to curb unwanted spam calls and messages by reporting them to their respective telecom service provider (TSP). It requires at least iOS 12.1 to run.

The DND app has been made by a third party developer.

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