Google takes down app that removes Chinese software

Google has taken down an Android service that helped people delete other apps made in China.

Remove China Apps had been downloaded over a million times in the first ten days after it was launched. The app had proved particularly popular in India where there has been tensions with China over a disputed border in the Himalayas.

Google said it violated its app store policies but gave no further details. The software was developed by the Indian firm One Touch AppLabs.

On its website, the company wrote: “Dear friends, Google has removed Remove China Apps from the Google Play store.

“Thank you for all your support in past two weeks

“You are awesome.”

The app highlighted popular social media site TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, as well as video conferencing app Zoom, based in  Califonia but founded by an entrepreneur born in China.

It, however, failed to detect apps pre-installed on Chinese-made smartphones.

Among other apps it highlighted were: ShareIt, CamScanner and UC browser.


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