Viral indigenous social media app, Mitron, could be reinstated on the Play Store quickly. After eradicating the app earlier this week from the Play Store, Google now says that the developer must addresses a few points in the event that they need to resubmit the app for consideration. “We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play”, mentioned Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play, in an official blog post.
However, a few of the different, recently-removed apps, together with ‘Remove China Apps‘, may not be so lucky. Without naming any particular app, Samat said that Play Store policies explicitly prohibit any software that “encourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps …. unless it is part of a verifiable security service”. So basically, while Mitron might still be back on the Play Store at some stage, ‘Remove China Apps’ won’t.
Amidst the anti-China sentiments sweeping by the nation, the aforementioned apps went viral over the past month. The additionally gained saturation protection within the media, each on-line and off. One of them, ‘Mitron’, was hailed as a TikTok rival. It was mentioned to have been developed by an IIT Roorkee scholar named Shivank Agarwal.
As it turned out, Mitron was actually a rebranded version of a Pakistani TikTok clone known as TicTic. Apparently, Agarwal didn’t develop the app, however, bought TicTic’s source code for Rs. 2,500 from the Pakistani app developer, Qboxus, and easily rebranded it as Mitron. After the data got here to light, Google pulled down the application from its platform. The firm had cited violation of its “spam and minimum functionality” policy for the removal.