After Mitron app, Remove China Apps removed from Google Play Store

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2020

Well, after amassing over a million downloads in a very short span, the app has now been inexplicably removed from the Google Play Store. It adds, apps that crash, exhibit other behaviour that is not consistent with a functional user experience, or that serve only to spam users or Google Play Store are not apps that expand the catalog in a meaningful way. Originally created as an educational tool, the app used its ability to identify the country of origin of apps on Play Store to help users detect and delete apps developed by Chinese firms. Google has earlier removed Mitron, a TikTok clone.

But it also flagged up video-conferencing app Zoom, based in California but founded by an entrepreneur born in China.

Chinese investments in India's smartphone industry itself is worth millions of dollars with OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi being major contributors to this growing trend. The app also lets users decide which Chinese app they want to keep or remove.

But critics have said the service is stoking anti-China sentiment, which was already on the rise after the emergence of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan. However, the developer has not explained why exactly the app was kicked off from the Android app repository.

One told the news site Techcrunch: "I think what happens in India will happen in other countries in the future, so this is a long-term impact that should factor into China developers' calculation". Its popularity rose amid calls for a boycott of Chinese mobile apps in India during a Himalayan border dispute between the two nations.

Bollywood actor Milind Soman, who has more than 99,000 Twitter followers, took to the platform to say he had uninstalled TikTok.

A person familiar with the matter said the software violated Google's policies prohibiting apps that mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features.

OneTouch AppLabs, which developed the app, did not respond to a request for comment.

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