The app, named UPNP Xtreme, purported to let users stream videos to their TV. However, as soon as the app opens after installation, it demands a review before it even functioned.
As spotted by app developer and anti-scam advocate Kosta Eleftheriou, the app would open a review dialog box as soon as it opened. However, the box couldn’t be dismissed without leaving a review that was between three and five stars.
The review: “This app forced me to give it a good rating before I could use it.”
You: “Pfff, no one’s FORCING you!”
The app: pic.twitter.com/R6ytFAguhU
The review behavior directly violates Apple’s App Store guidelines, which bar developers from “showing a request review immediately when a user launches your app.”
More than that, Apple’s review API…