Google pulled two viral applications – Mitron and Remove China Apps from Play Store downloaded by millions in just a matter of 24 hours. The main explanation behind banning the apps is that the tech giant acknowledged that both breached the Play Store guidelines.
The top trending app in India, which has been downloaded more than 5 million times since late May and has enabled users to detect and easily delete apps developed by Chinese companies, has been pulled from the Android barque app store for violating the Deceptive Behavior Policy of Google Play Store.
Google has now responded to the matter and said, “We also 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”.”
As for the Remove China Applications update, it doesn’t look like Google Play would get the device back on. The program has been suspended because it “allows or encourages users to delete or disable third-party applications or change system settings or functionality unless it is part of a verifiable security service.”
The Mitron App source code was purchased from Pakistani coding firm Qboxus by IIT Roorkee Shivank Agarwal. Ironically, the app that was introduced as an alternative to TikTok for India but wasn’t even produced in India.
“Earlier this week, 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,” Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, said in a statement.
The post stresses that Google Play was designed to provide consumers with a safe and secure experience while also providing developers with the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. The global policies of Play Store have been designed with that aim in mind.
If you’ve managed to download the app before it’s de-listed from the Play Store, you can still use it. If you want to install it now, however, you need to have a workaround going through. Here’s a step-by – step guide for downloading and installing the Remove China Apps on your Android smartphone.