Remove China Apps has been silently taken down from Google Play Store and the reason has been cited that the app violated its Deceptive Behaviour Policy.
‘Remove China Apps’ was the app that became viral in the late May, 2020 with over 50lakhs downloads in under a span of just 2 weeks from the launch date of the app. Yesterday Google removed the app from its Play Store citing the reason that the app violated its Deceptive behaviour Policy.
According to Google’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy, an app cannot encourage its users to remove third party apps from their Smartphones and thus it was taken down as the app was designed to identify Chinese origin apps and uninstall them from the Android samrtphones. The makers of the app said that it was not aimed to force people to uninstall any applications from their phones.
A brief history on why this app was created?
While the world is facing the corona virus pandemic there are plenty of public sentiment uprisings blaming China for the spread of the virus and a city named Wuhan (in China) as the area of origin of the virus. The reports also cleared that the virus originated in China and it got spread all over the world with the virus carrying human interacting with healthy humans.
The virus reached India as well making it one of the Top 10 countries affected from the virus. In situations like these where the whole country is thriving to fight against the disease and help save as many lives possible, China captured our base camps in Himalayan region in the area of LAC. The rising Indo-China border disputes outraged many influential personalities to come forward and express their resentment towards China. Many Indian Celebrities came forward and deleted the Chinese apps from their phones.
Some of the top Chinese apps are: Tik-Tok, Helo, Shareit, Cam Scanner, UC Browser, Vigo Video, LIKE, PUBG, Xender, etc. Among such personalities was Sonam Wangchuk an Engineer by profession who asked fellow Indian to “boycott Chinese products and software” in his viral video. Reacting to this video, a Jaipur based startup named OneTouch AppLabs launched this app called ‘Remove China Apps’.
After the app became viral within 10 days of its launch and also got removed from the Play Store many of you might be wondering what the app was and how did it performed? Well everything is mentioned below that you need to know about the app.
What is this app?
As mentioned earlier, Remove China Apps was an Indian origin app developed by the Jaipur based firm named OneTouch AppLabs. This app used to detect the apps and software that were made in China on the user’s phone and would list them for the user with simple interface to delete them from the device. It got released on May 17th, 2020 and within 10 days it crossed over 50lakh downloads and became the top free application on Google’s Play Store.
Satyajit Sinha, a cyber security researcher explained that Remove China Apps app was a simple user interface that just identified the app developer’s country of origin by comparing it with repository data of apps developed in China. He further clarified that the app was safe to use and one should not worry downloading it in their android phones.
The scanning of the app only focused on the installed Android Application Package (APK). Hence there was no threat to the user’s personal information saved on the Smartphone. He even stated that there was no harm to the OS of the Chinese phones.
The Developers of the app claim:
The creators of the Remove China Apps claim that the app was developed just for educational purposes and the sole purpose of the app was to allow the user to identify the country of origin of those apps that were installed in their phones. However, the controversial part comes by the name of the app as the name clearly suggests that it only determines the apps that were made in China and the users could uninstall them if they wish to. They also clarified that they do not promote to force anyone to remove certain apps from their Smartphone.
Ultimately, the decision solely lies with the users that whether the apps that are categorized as made in China are to be deleted or not.
At the end:
Within the span of just two weeks of its launch the app got viral on the Play Store and was downloaded by millions of Android users. The App gained so much popularity just because of the rising tension between the two countries on the Indo-China border issues. People showed their resentment against China in a much digitalized way that did not complied with the Google’s policy and the app had to be taken down from the Play Store.
The idea of deleting Chinese apps from their phones was also supported by many famous personalities including Baba Ramdev who in a video was seen deleting all the Chinese apps from his phone.
After all these initiative the Chinese state news reported that if Indian Government allowed this kind of irrational anti China sentiment to continue in the country then it may further ruin the bilateral relations between both the nations. All these news were a setback to the Prime Minister Modi’s speech where he was seen clearly asking people to boycott all the Chinese goods and urged Indians to become a ‘Self-Reliant’ nation.
After all these incidents the tension between the countries escalated and the Indian firm developed this app which gained huge popularity in a very short span of time in India. The app also scored a rating of 4.8 stars on the Play Store.
Earlier today, Google has also confirmed that the removal of Remove China Apps application from Play Store was mentioned on their registered blog with all the reasons cited that violated the Deceptive Behaviour Policy of Google. Anyone can go to their blog and check the policy details over there.