I must say that I have enjoyed the anticipation that has come with waiting to see which category the App Store will add under their featured apps section. This week I was sorely disappointed by the organization of location-based apps entitled “On The Grid”.

It should come as no surprise that Facebook tops the list after adding their take on the service via Places. Foursquare and Gowalla are next on the list that only sports a dozen entries…

If my memory serves me right this is the shortest list that Apple has formulated which leaves me wondering why this, why now? Is it a coincidence that this comes just after Facebook’s addition of Places? Perhaps I’ve looked at this too hard but like iDB commented before, it seems that larger developers have been getting special treatment. Why not add incognito advertisements to the list?

So what do you think? Is my suspicious attitude regarding Facebook clouding my partiality, or does the timing of this category seem all to convenient for anyone else’s taste? Let me know what you think of the new addition in our comment section below.

  • I don’t know about “On the Grid” being the shortest list of apps featured by Apple. Currently also being featured is the collection of apps labeled: Hardcore Games.

    There are only 10 games listed and there are plenty of “Hardcore” games in the App Store that are not listed in this very short list of games.

    Also, games listed as “Hardcore” are ones like:
    Space Invaders Infinity Gene
    Squareball
    The Impossible Game

    I would even go as far as to question Guitar Hero as a “Hardcore” game.

    You really have to wonder what’s behind Apple’s thought processes when they come up with these groupings of apps.

  • Z

    I think that app development is slowing down, or apple has slowed down the approval process. So the other department has no new apps to categorize. Going over the top apps

  • @Z: I don’t agree, there are well over 250,000 apps in the App Store, more than enough to pick from. Even if app development were “slowing down”.

    Apple has no excuse to not have at least twice as many apps listed in those featured sections than they do.

    • Z

      Dave, well, let’s not be naive. If you want an app to be posted in one of the featured categories, there is a price for it. Someone agrees to pay it, someone is on special terms, but someone will consider it to be just another rip off by apple.