Google pulls from Play Store 46 apps developed by Chinese company, says report
It's unclear why the apps were removed.
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Google quietly removed from its Play Store last week at least 46 apps from iHandy, a Chinese mobile developer, says a Thursday report by Buzzfeed News. Google removed selfie, security, antivirus, keyboard, horoscope, emoji and health apps that'd been downloaded millions of times, Buzzfeed reported. Eight of iHandy's apps still remain in the Google Play store, Buzzfeed said.
It's unclear why the yanked apps were taken down. IHandy didn't immediately respond to request for comment. An iHandy executive told Buzzfeed that Google's move was unexpected and that iHandy is trying to discover the reason for the removals.
"Our Google Play developer policies are designed to help create the best experience for users, and we explicitly prohibit deceptive or disruptive ads. When violations are found, we take action," a Google spokesperson said in an email Friday.