Google takes down 'Remove China Apps' from Play Store
Published on: 2020-06-03 22:56:58 | Category: Google | By: admin
Google's Alphabet has removed an Indian smartphone app off its app store that allowed users to delete certain Chinese apps off their phones as it violated other company policies, a spokesman said Wednesday.
With more than five million downloads since late May, the game, "Delete China Apps," had been a top trending free app on Google's Indian mobile app store. The popularity grew following calls for a boycott of China's smartphone applications in India during a two-nation Himalayan border dispute.
A Google spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the app had been withdrawn due to violation of the app store policy but did not provide any further information.
A person familiar with the matter said the program was in violation of Google's policies banning applications that force users to delete or disable third-party apps or change system settings or functions.
Disable China Apps searched user phones for applications like TikTok by ByteDance and UC browser by Alibaba. When removed, a message came up saying "You 're great, no device found in China."
OneTouch AppLabs which created the app failed to respond to a comment request. It reported on its website that the app was disabled, and thanked users for their support.