Kim Kardashian's Kimoji app didn't, in fact, break the App Store


Kim Kardashian West famously said she wanted to "break the internet". She didn't.

Now she's claiming she's broken the App Store.

It's after she released her new Kimoji app on Monday.

It offers hundreds of emojis and stickers based on the reality TV star's life.

Is it actually possible to break the App Store?

In theory, yes.

"It's not unusual for the App Store to go down," according to Rahul Joshi, managing director of The App Geeks.

"For example in October it went down three times in a week."

"If there are a lot of people who are downloading all at the same time, it's possible they can overload the servers and therefore cause the App Store to be a lot slower and even to go down if it's too much traffic for it to cope with."

Rahul says it's similar to when websites go down because too many people are trying to access it.

"There are other reasons why it might have gone down such as maintenance. But the maintenance would be a bit of coincidence."

Some people said they couldn't find the app...

Rahul says there could be two possible reasons for this.

"When you submit your app on the App Store you have to provide certain keywords. It's limited to 100 characters.

"Kardashian is quite a long name so they may not have been able to include all the keywords they wanted to allow people to find the app."

(But Rahul explains that no-one's totally sure how the App Store search works because Apple doesn't reveal too much.)

Another reason could be that it takes time for a newly added app to filter through to app stores in different countries.

"That might mean I'm in the US and I'm able to download it, but if I'm a follower of hers in Brazil and I try and download her app from the Brazilian App Store I can't find it because it's not yet appeared," says Rahul.

So did Kim break the App Store?

Rahul doesn't think so.

"I've had a look at the usual third party App Store monitoring websites and they've not reported anything that would [back up] her claims.

"It's probably a bit of hype."

Robert Haslam from mobile app company Mubaloo agrees.

"None of the places that would usually confirm [the app store had broken] have said anything about it."

Whether she broke the App Store or not, Kim's shot straight to the top of the paid apps chart.

Newsbeat has contacted Apple for a response.

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