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Adding 3rd party SDK to your apps?

Feb 12, 2019 3:07AM PST

I know, a lot has been said now about adding some 3rd party SDK to your app, as Google started banning a lot of apps or developers recently. But tbh, most of the cases i have seen, were developers fault.

As i have read, if your app has been removed due to having 3rd party SDK, its basically, coz you havent mentioned it properly in TOS. You had to change your TOS with providing info of what you have added, and what you are collecting, and then you could have reuploaded the app without the fear of getting banned. Most of developers havent done that, and just reuploaded apps back, without clearing up anything, which resulted in ban from store.

TL;DR, do you think its still profitable doing that, if you make all the TOS clear, and do everything “by the book”?

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Re: SDK
Feb 12, 2019 3:15AM PST

What "some third party SDK's" are you talking about, and why would Google ban them?
And what is the relation with "collecting data"?
And what in the book is it you don't like?

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SDK
Feb 12, 2019 4:10AM PST

At the end of last year, and at the start of this one, Google decided to delete some apps that had 3rd party SDK installed, as stated, without much information why the apps got deleted. Most of those SDK developers then updated their TOS, as they assumed that was the reasoning. On the other hand, app developers didnt updated TOS and re-uploaded apps back in to store, which ended up in getting em banned.
Relation with "collecting data", was that some of the apps used your IP address, but didnt collected any other data, and a lot of people somehow assumed, that its "data collection", even tho IP is considered public data ?

So my question basically was.. is it worth considering accepting monetisation from 3rd party apps now, or its too risky, as Google might just delete everything again, without any proper explanation?

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There's a new sheriff in town.
Feb 12, 2019 9:08AM PST

I've heard this before and if you use 3rd party SDK for monetisation then you do run the risk the rules may change and you inherit the 3rd party ban.

I won't get into "proper explanation." That's been done on Reddit and many other threads. Google does not talk to everyday developers unless you are Netflix size, etc. Get over it. Yes, get over it

Collecting data is going to be the new big reason for many apps to be banned. Lesson? Don't do that. Second lesson? Don't do that.

If you want to argue if the IP address is public information, you're fighting a losing battle. They hold the keys to the kingdom, have all the gold, make all the rules. There's no reason to collect this information unless you are doing a chat or such app.

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There's a new sheriff in town. Lol.
Feb 12, 2019 11:26PM PST

Tbh, im not arguing if IP is a public information, as technically, by all Google policies, and most other policies in general, IT IS public information Grin

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There's all sorts of information,
Feb 13, 2019 12:04PM PST

What Google and Apple thinks is OK for them to collect, then you have your view and then Facebook and so on.

It's well known that such data is collected by many players but app authors are not these players and if they try to eat any of the big player's pie, you get whacked.

Post was last edited on February 13, 2019 12:05 PM PST

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