Google on Wednesday removed the “Remove China Apps” app from its play store for violating the company’s policies, a spokesman said. Reportedly, the app used to allow users to remove other Chinese apps from their mobile phones.
The mobile application had become a trending free application in India during the border tensions between the two nations. The app gained immense popularity while people are raising voice to boycott the Chinese mobile apps in India.
As per the report, around five million people have downloaded the application since late May. Meanwhile, a Google spokesman confirmed to the Reuters that the application had been removed due to the violation of its policies but gave no details about the same.
While Google hasn’t given any details about what policy has been violated, it has been speculated that the software violated Google’s policy of prohibiting apps that mislead the users to remove or disable the third-party apps or to modify device settings or features.
Reportedly, “Remove China Apps” used to scan users’ phones for applications such as TikTok and UC Browser. Soon after deleting those apps, a message popped up that reads “You are awesome, no China app found.”
Meanwhile, there has been no comment from OneTouch AppLabs, which developed the application. It confirmed on its website that the app had been removed and thanked the users for their support.