Every now and then some very popular Apps are getting banned on the official Google Play Store because they are violating any of the existing Play Store Policies. These include for example policies about privacy and security related topics like collecting unneeded data or promoting discriminatory content.
Popular Banned Apps
Sometimes, Google has been acting really harsh, specifically when an app is related to one of their own products. A popular example is the App Tubemate. TubeMate allows you to download Youtube videos and store them offline on your Android device. Historically, this has been something Youtube did not allow you and only now with the launch of Youtube Pro this feature has been enabled for paying customers.
Grooveshark is another very popular App which has been banned from the Play Store after receiving a complaint from Universal Music Group. Google decided to ban the popular music streaming app in early 2011, shortly after the App had been banned from Apple’s iTunes Store. Since both companies, Google and Apple, are offering their own music streaming services you could argue that avoiding potential problems with federal regulators and copyright holders might be just a subset of the actual reasons why this app has been removed on both platforms.
Apps that allow you to stream and download music has been on the spotlight ever since there are smartphones. The last victim of a long list of banned apps has been an app called XTunes. Similar to Grooveshark, XTunes lets users stream and download the latest songs in 320kbps quality. The app also supports downloading songs directly from Youtube. Like other music apps XTunes also got banned for copyright issues.
Similar to TubeMate, – People who love watching TV series loved TV Portal. The app enabled users to stream TV shows directly on their Android devices. The extensive library of shows offered made the app even better. However, Google banned TV Portal from the Play Store because of copyright issues.
Facebook bans 400 apps after Cambridge Analytica scandal
Google and Apple are not the only companies banning apps from their platforms. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook suspended more than 400 apps “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used” based on an official statement of the California based company. This happened after rising public pressure and after Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by CA, which was working for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Where do download banned apps
Luckily, there are plenty of alternative App Stores which let you download all kinds of Android applications with have been banned on the Play Store. The Best Apps is one of them and lets you download more than 500 apps including those kicked out by Google from its Play Store. The Best Apps is scanning all files for viruses to make sure you can safely install them on your phone.