Google Play Store and developers, an often difficult relationship

The Google Play Store it represents the place where all Android users can easily and quickly find the applications they need, but for developers it is not so simple and often the platform of the Mountain View giant hides pitfalls.

One of the most classic examples is that of the way Google decides to remove some applications from his store, perhaps for the wrong reasons and with a little superficiality, thus putting the developers in enormous difficulty overnight.

Two more apps removed from the Google Play Store

January 28 was the turn of the popular app Simple Keyboard try the limits of the Google Play Store system: the app and its developer’s account have been removed for no apparent reason. The developer claims not to have received any emails prior to the ban and, therefore, has no way of understanding exactly what he would have done wrong nor can he appeal Google’s ruling.

Simple Keyboard is a keyboard app open source based on the same AOSP Latin keyboard for Android used by Gboard. At the time of the removal, the app had been running on the Google Play Store for eight years, with over 1.2 million installs and 104,000 active users. Those who want to try it can find it on F-Droid.

A slightly different misadventure happened to the plant identification and irrigation planning app called LeafSnapwhich was removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store on September 3, 2021 due to breach of copyright.

The developers made the required corrections and the app was quickly republished on the App Store while to date the Google Play Store has not yet re-released LeafSneap (according to what is learned, it should now be a matter of a few days).

What happened to these two apps, however, confirms once again that the system designed by Google for the publication of the apps on the Play Store and the procedures for controlling content and violations they often have little regard for the needs of developers. And this is one of the main reasons why so many are hoping that the Open App Markets Act will become law.

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