Google has removed an app with over 5 million downloads claiming that it would help them detect and remove Chinese apps. The app was called “Remove Chinese Apps,” was removed for violating google’s Deceptive Behavior Policy, which prohibits software from encouraging or misleading users into “removing or disabling third-party apps.”
In light of the Indian-Chinese tensions, the Himalayan border dispute is rising which set a spark in India to boycott Chinese products and apps due to which Indians concentrated their anger at easy targets like the ByteDance app TikTok.
Leading to the release of developed in India alternative of TikTok called Mitron. However, Mitron has also been removed from the Play Store for violating Google’s policies, CNBCTV18 reports.
The app scanned phones for apps of Chinese origin like ByteDance’s TikTok and Alibaba’s UC Browser, and gave an option to keep or remove. If no Chinese apps were found on a phone, a pop-up message read “You are awesome, no China app found.”
One Touch App Labs, the developer of the app, billed it as a tool to help support “a self-reliant India” by identifying the origin of applications installed on mobile phones.
Indian celebrities posted pictures of themselves deleting Chinese apps from their phones. Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for India’s ruling party, BJP said in response to an Indian star deleting TikTok from his phone that it was “great to see concerned citizens setting an example” and “we ought to hit them where it hurts most.
Arshad Warsi, an Indian actor addressed his 2.2 million followers on Twitter, saying he is “consciously going to stop using everything that is Chinese.”
I am consciously going to stop using everything that is Chinese. As they are a part of most of the things we use, it will take time but I know, one day I’ll be Chinese free. You should try it too …
— Arshad Warsi (@ArshadWarsi) May 30, 2020
The irony here is that Chinese phones are immensely popular in India, where they’ve dominated sales in recent years. Four of the top five smartphone sellers in India are Chinese. Samsung has been losing market share in the region for a few quarters and placed third after Xiaomi and Vivo in the first quarter of 2020.