Google takes down the Indian app that allowed any users to remove some most popular Chinese apps from their phones as it violated certain policies in Play Store. Also noted that, Google has taken down both India’s ‘Mitron app’ from Play Store. Mitron app was designed to give competition to Chinese app Tik Tok while ‘Remove China Apps’ would search Chinese apps from the phone and easily uninstall them. Both apps were getting drastically popular in India recently.
The app, “Remove China Apps”, grab all of our attention and also become a top trending free app on Google’s play store in India with more than 5 million downloads since late of the May. Its popularity rose amid calls for a boycott of Chinese mobile apps in India during a Himalayan border dispute between the two nations.
A well-known person familiar with this matter said that this app violated Google’s policies prohibiting apps that mislead users into disabling third-party apps or removing or modifying device settings or features.
Remove China Apps scanned users’ phones for apps such as Alibaba’s UC Browser and ByteDance’s TikTok etc. Once deleted, a message popped up saying “You are awesome, no China app found.”
OneTouch AppLabs, which developed the app, did not respond to a request for comment. On its website, it confirmed the app had been removed and thanked users for their support.
Many Indians and a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party have used the hashtag #BoycottChineseProducts on social media, calling for the deletion of popular Chinese apps. India’s Prime Minister Modi has also massively promoted the idea of boycotting goods made by foreign firms and advised the nation’s 1.3 billion citizens to look for local alternatives as part of his push to make India “self-reliant” and revive the slowing economy.
According to Amit Shah, India’s home minister and one of the closest confidants of Modi, said earlier this week that the nation’s 1.3 billion citizens are its strength and if they “decide not to buy foreign goods, India’s economy will see a jump.”