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Google pulls down Remove China App, Mitron

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NEW DELHI, June 3 - Google has removed from its app store an Indian mobile application, �Remove China Apps� that allowed users to delete Chinese games and other software from their Android smartphones, citing violation of its policies.

Alphabet Inc�s Google had previously removed Mitron app - the popular Indian alternative for China�s TikTok.

The two apps had drawn millions of downloads in India as border tensions between India and China surged.

Mitron app had over 5 million downloads. Developed by little-know OneTouch AppLabs, based in Jaipur, Remove China Apps had become a top trending free app on Google�s mobile app store in India with more than five million downloads since late May.

�Our global Play policies are designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our users while also giving developers the tools they need to succeed. When violations of these policies are identified, we have an established process of working with developers to help them find remedies,� Google spokesperson said in response to an e-mail query.

Remove China Apps helped users identify the country of origin for apps installed on the phone, highlighting Chinese ones and suggesting steps for removal.

Once deleted, a message popped up saying �You are awesome, no China app found.�

The app came in the limelight after innovator and educationist Sonam Wangchuk appealed to Indians to boycott Chinese products because of aggression by the Chinese army on the Indian border in the Ladakh region.

Mitron app may have been taken down due to security issues. Its owner Shibank Agarwal, a student of IIT Roorkee, bought the source code of the app from a Pakistani coding company, Qboxus and rebranded the app as Mitron and launched in India. The Pakistani version is called TicTic. � PTI

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Google pulls down Remove China App, Mitron

NEW DELHI, June 3 - Google has removed from its app store an Indian mobile application, �Remove China Apps� that allowed users to delete Chinese games and other software from their Android smartphones, citing violation of its policies.

Alphabet Inc�s Google had previously removed Mitron app - the popular Indian alternative for China�s TikTok.

The two apps had drawn millions of downloads in India as border tensions between India and China surged.

Mitron app had over 5 million downloads. Developed by little-know OneTouch AppLabs, based in Jaipur, Remove China Apps had become a top trending free app on Google�s mobile app store in India with more than five million downloads since late May.

�Our global Play policies are designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our users while also giving developers the tools they need to succeed. When violations of these policies are identified, we have an established process of working with developers to help them find remedies,� Google spokesperson said in response to an e-mail query.

Remove China Apps helped users identify the country of origin for apps installed on the phone, highlighting Chinese ones and suggesting steps for removal.

Once deleted, a message popped up saying �You are awesome, no China app found.�

The app came in the limelight after innovator and educationist Sonam Wangchuk appealed to Indians to boycott Chinese products because of aggression by the Chinese army on the Indian border in the Ladakh region.

Mitron app may have been taken down due to security issues. Its owner Shibank Agarwal, a student of IIT Roorkee, bought the source code of the app from a Pakistani coding company, Qboxus and rebranded the app as Mitron and launched in India. The Pakistani version is called TicTic. � PTI

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