Garmin CIQ Developers ‘game’ the CIQ Store review system
It looks like some naughty Garmin CIQ developers have been caught out trying to game/fake the reviews of their own apps on Garmin’s Connect IQ store. As punishment, Garmin will not let them submit further apps and have stated that the guilty developers were in contravention of the following clause from the Connect IQ SDK Agreement.
Prohibited Activity; Limitations: You may not: … (c) engage in any activity with respect to your Application or Program Materials that interferes with, disrupts, damages, or accesses in an unauthorized manner any Garmin platforms, or systems, or those of any of its affiliates or any third party;
The wording might be clear to a lawyer but probably not clear to most people. That said, it’s fairly obvious to me that behaviour like ‘faking downloads’ (or whatever the exact contraventions) certainly should be in breach of behaviour acceptable to Garmin.
It’s unsure what the developers in question hoped to gain by doing this, other than getting their apps used by more people, as most apps do not usually cost anything.
Garmin CIQ comprises apps, widgets and data fields that work on many Garmin devices. Garmin customers download the usually-free apps to their device either via the Connect IQ app on their smartphone or via the Connect IQ store online.
Source: AlphaMonkeyC at Garmin.com