Mitron app is now officially available for download on Google Play store. Recently, the Mitron app was removed by Google for a number of technical policy violations. Later Google said their team is working with the app developer to sort out the technical issue and make it live again on the play store. Mitron app with more than 5 million downloads is not fully made in India but it is made by an Indian through purchasing the entire source code from Pakistani tech company Qboxus.
Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, officially posted on Blogpost to clarify the reason behind the suspension of recent apps, no specific app name is mentioned in the post. “Sameer said – 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”. Here he has clearly written once the developer fixes the issue the app will be live again and the Google team is also providing some guidance to the developers.
Looks like Mitron app developer has solved all the issues of the app hence the app is now available in the play store. Developer and owner of this app is Shibank Agarwal student of IIT Roorkee, the application source code was purchased from the Pakistani company QBOXUS at $34. Qboxus CEO Irfan Sheikh has no problem with the app, it’s perfectly fine to build an app using this source code for sale as their own product, Qboxus had objected to calling it an Indian app despite no original changes have made to the app. Mitron app gathered lots of attention these days and may become the TikTok alternative for India someday.
Google found the Mitron app violating its spam and minimum functionality policy which states “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”.
Similarly, Google removed one more Indian app “removeChinaApps” from the Play Store, recently, for violating its Deceptive Behaviour policy. RemoveChinaApps app scans the user’s device and tells the origin country of the app, especially Chinese apps and the user could remove all the app they wanted in one touch. Sameer Samat said:- We also recently suspended a number of apps for violating the policy that we don’t allow an app that “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”. 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 behavior that we believe is not in the best interest of our community of developers and consumers”.
Google strictly doesn’t allow apps to target other third-party applications to maintain healthy competition in its ecosystem. so, RemoveChinaApps app probably not returning back to play store, as no positive sign by Sameer Samat in this case.