Google seems to be on a “purging mode”. Google got rid of 85 Android apps that were found to be infected with Adware last month. Now, Google carried out another purging as it removed 46 apps and more from the Play Store that belonged to iHandy, a major Chinese Mobile Developer. However, Google hasn’t stated any reason behind its decision to remove these apps and says there’s an iHandy investigation going on, as reported by BuzzFeed News.
iHandy is a Beijing-based company that describes itself as “one of the world’s largest mobile application developers” and have 180 million monthly active users in over 200 countries. Few of these 46 iHandy apps include selfie, security, antivirus, keyboards, emoji, horoscopes, et al from the Android Play Store that have been downloaded for a total of tens of millions of times. Out of these apps, the most popular one was “sweet camera- selfie beauty camera, filters” that has been downloaded over 50 million times. Currently, only eight of the company’s apps are on the Play Store.
Now the iHandy apps are no longer being monetized using Google’s Ad Network although Google had been listed as its biggest customer and was its largest source of revenue. According to Simon Zhu, VP, iHandy, the company is currently working towards getting its apps restored by Google. “It is an unexpected action from our point of view. We are trying to find out the reasons. Hope the apps will be back to Play Store as soon as possible,” said Zhu.
Zhu further stated that Google keeps updating and improving their policies to build an overall healthier platform and that iHandy will follow these improvements as a developer to advance their apps.