Citing safety concerns, Apple is banning all Android devices from its retail stores and restaurants in the US.
The company says its move is meant to ensure “people don’t get into the kitchen and accidentally eat the food.”
“This is a precautionary measure in response to the increased number of reports of people eating their food with their phones,” the company said in a blog post.
The ban applies to both Android and iOS devices, and applies to all Apple stores and stores across the US, including Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorised Service Providers.
It also applies to the vast majority of Apple retail stores in the country.
The announcement comes in the wake of several deadly, and apparently unintentional, cases of people accidentally eating at restaurants.
On Tuesday, a woman was found dead at a restaurant in Virginia, and on Wednesday, a man was found unconscious in a restaurant after accidentally eating in the bathroom.
Apple is currently investigating the two cases, and the company did not respond to Ars’ request for comment.
Apple’s announcement comes as it faces mounting pressure to rein in the increasingly popular Android mobile operating system, as it becomes increasingly difficult for companies to operate independently of Apple.
Earlier this month, a group of more than 60 business leaders wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook, urging him to step down.
Apple CEO Tim Apple, left, talks to Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak in an iPhone 5 prototype at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, on March 8, 2014.
Apple has come under intense criticism for allowing Google and other Android manufacturers to create a platform that gives the company an unfair advantage in the market for mobile hardware.
Google has also faced criticism for providing the software to companies like Samsung, which it then uses to manufacture its own smartphones.
In February, the US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of anticompetitive conduct in the Android operating system.
Apple also faced pressure from congressional committees to step in to prevent such unfair competition.
Apple recently agreed to pay $5.9 billion to settle a class action lawsuit by a group who alleged they were deceived by Apple into believing that it could charge consumers higher prices.