Google Just Banned 600 Apps from Its Play Store - What About Apple?

Ruben Fields
February 26, 2020

As the worldwide fallout surrounding the U.S. authorities's Huawei ban continues, Google has published an article warning customers of the inherent risks of sideloading its apps and providers on the Chinese language producer's units.

Since last spring, the government's entity list ban against Huawei (and ZTE) has largely prevented U.S. companies from working with them.

Simply put, until the United States government ends its issues with Huawei and removes it from the trade ban list, Google apps and services won't appear on Huawei devices, and going around the back to add them to any device that doesn't have it isn't actually a grand idea.

For example, some apps can actually display a fullscreen ad when an Android user is attempting to make a phone call.

Interestingly, a separate BuzzFeed News report indicated that the banned apps were downloaded by Android users a total of 4.5 billion times.

Google would like you to know that it DOES NOT APPRECIATE apps with "disruptive" ads that either try to sell you stuff while you're not actually using the app, or fool you into tapping on ads you didn't intend to.

The same report also claimed that about 45 of those banned apps were created by a developer named Cheetah Mobile.

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After failing to find a resolution to the dispute, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the barriers would have to come down.

Googles says that they continued to receive a number of questions about new Huawei devices (e.g., new models launching now, or earlier models launched after May 16, 2019 but now becoming available in new regions of the world) and whether Google's apps and services can be used on these devices. That company, whose apps are not entirely absent from the Play Store, was notorious for putting out problematic apps.

"Malicious developers continue to become more savvy in deploying and masking disruptive ads, but we've developed new technologies of our own to protect against this behavior".

"Android is making fundamental platform changes to minimise interruptions in app experiences and keep the user more in control of what's shown on their screen", informed Google.

But you know what they say: it can not all be fine and dandy in life, and it also applies to the official Android marketplace.

Comparison with Apple's app store!

In 2019, Google removed tens of thousands of apps and developers that were found to be in violation of its policies.

Apple's guidelines specifically forbid overly disruptive ads.

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