This is why Google deleted Mitron app from Play Store

Joanna Estrada
June 6, 2020

Mitron, claimed to be India's answer to TikTok, recently became one of the most popular apps on the Google Play Store.

Remove China Apps, as the name suggests, held the premise of deleting all China-made apps from user's phones.

Indian actor Milind Soman posted a video to social media on May 29, announcing that he would delete the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok from his phone. Since then, it seems that the developers have made some changes as the app has made a comeback and is once again available for download.

The app has been marketed as "educational" by its Indian developer, OneTouch AppLabs, because it informs users how to recognize and properly disable apps with Chinese origin. What went wrong? Here's a timeline for you. "We don't allow apps that merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play. Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services", stated the policy.

On Wednesday, OneTouch AppLabs announced via Twitter that the app had been removed from the Google Play Store, but did not explain why the app was axed, according to the report. Sheikh has also said that the developer didn't even bother to change the privacy policies of the app before uploading it to Play store. Created by Jaipur-based OneTouchAppLabs, Remove China Apps had garnered quick popularity. We also emailed at the given email ID on the Play store but didn't receive a response from the developer's end.

In the official communication published by Sameer Samat, vice-president, Android and Google Play, said that Google acknowledged that "a number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions".

-Yesterday (June 4, 2020) the search giant finally gave a statement on why these two apps were removed.

With the relaunch of the application, the app developers of the application have updated the UX and privacy policy which was earlier missing from the application and Google Play Store.

-However, for "Remove China Apps" it doesn't look like we will see the app anytime soon.

This is a longstanding rule created to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. Unlike Mitron, its return looks hard as Google has clearly said it won't allow any apps to target other third party apps. "We've enforced this policy against other apps in many countries consistently in the past - just as we did here", he said. The app now has a 3.9 star rating on the Play Store with over 300,000 reviews.

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