Chinese Android Developer Got Banned in Google Play

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Honk-Kong based developer CooTek got banned from Google Play. The punishment was caused by the developer's overly annoying ads.

Too many ads will kill you

CooTek's 238 applications were removed from Google Play recently. Chinese tech-company practiced an extremely aggressive strategy. Its apps had an integrated library called BeiTaPluging. It has gained notoriety with its avalanche of adverts delivered to people's phones.

As Google Play users complained, the apps they got from CooTek would reduce their gizmos to the "brick state." In other words, it was virtually impossible to make calls, surf the internet, chat, or play games. The advertising module was so aggressive that it would browse multiple pop-ups even when the Chinese apps weren't in use.

This nightmarish bombardment killed battery life quickly as well. As a result, having even one of the CooTek's apps installed, like ManFit, would make your gadget useless. Thousands of complaints were filed.

The last Chinese warning

In June 2019, Google learned of the CooTek's unscrupulous methods. The company was warned by the tech-mogul at least once. However, the first yellow strike wasn't effective. CooTek removed BeiTaPluging from its products. But there was a catch: remade code of the apps allowed ads to keep on troubling users.

This didn't go well with Google. And in July the Chinese developer was banished from the biggest mobile app market indefinitely. Moreover, CooTek won't be able to advertise its services via Google's platforms. "Our Google Play developer policies strictly prohibit malicious and deceptive behavior, as well as disruptive ads. When violations are found, we take action," as was commented by Google.

Are mobile apps a source of danger?

Last winter it was discovered that about 17,000 mobile apps were secretly gathering info on their users. Even when it wasn't permitted. The records on their preferences, likes, and online habits were carefully documented for the advertising purposes.

Last July a controversy was raised around the popular FaceApp. Due to its Russian origins and dubious privacy policy, users and media were concerned with the probability of their private info and photo snaps being sold to 3d party organizations. But the app's author Yaroslav Goncharov denied the allegations, stating that photos get permanently deleted from FaceApp's servers on user's request, and private data is never sold to anyone.

One Giant Peep Show

The upcoming Android Q is expected to do a better job at guarding your private life. There will be features restricting numerous permissions that the mobile apps require. However, developers will find other ways to intrude into our lives. Perhaps, to stop that "peep show", we need legislation that will specifically regulate mobile developers.

Eve Scott


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