Android developer rallies support to fight what he claims is unfair treatment by Google

March 3, 2011
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There are hordes of apps on the Android Market for all sorts of needs. Some of the apps make huge money for the developers and others just sort of take up space. One developer is mad at Google after one of his money making apps was pulled with no explanation from the Android Market.

The app in question is called Rapid Download and according to the developer, Google didn’t even tell him it had been pulled. He only found out when the money stopped coming in from sales. The guy apparently contacted Google repeatedly and on the third time, someone finally responded.

The catch is that he claims the only details offered were generic and he still doesn't know why the app was pulled. The dev also notes that the statement from Google with the vague general info also had a threat that if he violated the rules again all his apps could be pulled. The guy is fighting back and rallying other devs to fight with him if they feel they have been treated unfairly. I wonder if this will turn into some sort of class action.

[via Engadget]


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  • http://www.djcube.co.uk Cube1701

    It’s an app designed to let people download illegal stuff from rapidshare. The screenshots the developer even addes screenshots of him searching for illegal stuff.

    On top of that, a large amount of people say that the app simply doesn’t work and that it’s a scam.

    Google (or any company) don’t need to give a reason for removing apps like that.

    • open platform

      yep, and to top it off he can go sell his app in any other Android market or on his site. This isn’t iOS. . . so get over it already.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/108136430367566847365 Leona

    See, this is the problem with getting your ‘news’ from another source without doing some homework yourself. This app was illegal and a scam, was quite rightly removed, should have also had his account disabled at the same time, there are rules, follow them, its quite simple. Totally agree with Google for this.