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What Is ‘Remove China Apps,’ Why Did Google Remove It?

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Google  (GOOGL) - Get Free Report has removed an Indian app from its Play Store for violating "app store policies." The app, called 'Remove China Apps', helped users identify apps of Chinese origin, so that users could remove them. It was created in response to the ongoing border dispute between India and China.

The app, which was developed by India-based OneTouch AppLabs, debuted in the Google Play Store on May 17. It swiftly became a top trending free app, with more than five million downloads.

Recently, some Indian celebrities used the hasthags #BoycottMadeInChina#SoftwareInAWeekHardwareInAYear and #boycottChineseapps to suggest the boycott of Chinese goods in India. Furthermore, popular Yoga guru Baba Ramdev took to Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Free Report, sharing a video of 'Remove China Apps' and showing people how to use it.

"Deleting Chinese applications from your mobile is also a service to the nation," he tweeted.

Indians started following Ramdev's footsteps and began using the app to delete Chinese apps from their phones. 

However, Google pulled the app from its store. As reported by TechCrunch, the app was removed "for violating Google Play Store’s Deceptive Behavior Policy."

The news was confirmed by the app-maker. 

"Dear friends, Google has removed “Remove China Apps” from Google Play Store," its website mentioned. "Thank you all for your support in past 2 weeks. “You are awesome."

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