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Why Google is removing some popular apps from the Play Store

Google Play was designed to provide a safe and secure experience for all the users and also giving
the developers the platform and tools, they need to build sustainable businesses.

Owing to the growing anti-China sentiments in the country, Remove China Apps, which was
developed by Jaipur-based OneTouchAppLabs was taken down from the Google Play store. The tech
giant has come with an explanation for the recent spate of actions.

“We recently suspended a number of apps for violating the policy that we don’t allow an app that
‘encourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device
settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service’;. This is a longstanding rule
designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon
design and innovation,”Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, told in a statement
to Times Now.

As per Google, Google Play was designed to provide a safe and secure experience for all the users
and also giving the developers the platform and tools, they need to build sustainable businesses.
“When apps are allowed to specifically target other apps, it can lead to behaviour that we believe is
not in the best interest of our community of developers and consumers. We’ve enforced this policy
against other apps in many countries consistently in the past — just as we did here,” Samat further
added.

Last week, homegrown Mitron app was also taken down from the official Google Play Store, the tech
behemoth said: “We removed a video app for a number of technical policy violations. We have an
established process of working with developers to help them fix issues and resubmit their apps.
We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go
back up on Play.”

When the app was removed, it had over 5 million downloads. As per a number of reports, the app
was removed owing to a number of security issues.

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