Google had removed the Mitron and Remove China Apps from Play Store earlier this week. Mitron app had over 50 lakh downloads alone.
After many speculations, Google has finally responded on the removal of Mitron app and said, “A number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions. 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.”
We can expect the Mitron app to be back on the Play Store if only the developers fix the issues pointed by Google.
But the Remove China App is unlikely to return as the app has been suspended under “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” policy.
“This is a longstanding rule designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. 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,” Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, said in the statement.