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Google removed ‘Remove China Apps’ from Play Store.

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Google has removed the Mitron and Remove China Apps from its Play Store for policy violations.

Google red-flagged the Mitron app and decided to suspend it for violating its ‘spam and minimum functionality policy’, according to a report. The Mitron app, which enabled publishing short videos, was publicised as an alternative to TikTok in India and had raced to 5 million downloads within a month with a 4.7 rating before it was scrapped from Play Store.

“We don’t allow apps that merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play,” Google stated in the ‘Repetitive Content’ clause in its ‘spam and minimum functionality’ page. “Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” it added.

The Remove China Apps violated Google’s Deceptive Behavior Policy according to a report by TechCrunch. The policy does not allow apps that encourage or incentivise users to remove or disable other apps or modify device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service. Remove China Apps guided users to identify and delete apps that it identified as being of Chinese origin.

The removal of the Mitron App comes after the founder of a Pakistani software development firm, Qboxus confirmed that the source code of the app was purchased from them and not developed in India as it was believed. Shivank Agarwal from IIT Roorkee was given the credit for developing the app but Qboxus said that the developer bought the code for $34 (approx Rs 2,556) from the marketplace CodeCanyon and just changed the name without any modification to the code. The app did not have any privacy policy and its developer website link led to a blank page.

OneTouch AppLabs, the developer of the Remove China Apps, confirmed on Twitter that Google has suspended the app and thanked people for their support.

These apps had become popular after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘vocal-for-local’ call and amid the India-China border dispute.

Remove China Apps, which was a top free app and was rated 4.9, had crossed 5 million downloads in Play Store. It It drew much attention in the Chinese media. The app makers claim to have been inspired by the call for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ or self reliant India, and Sonam Wangchuk’s video message to boycott Chinese products. Wangchuk was the man who inspired the central character in the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots played by Aamir Khan.

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വാട്ട്സ്ആപ്പ് സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് ഇട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാതെ അവരുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കാണാം ; ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ

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വാട്സാപ്പിലെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസിലൂടെയാണ് ഇന്ന് നമ്മള്‍ എല്ലാം ആ​ദ്യം അറിയുന്നത്. ഇതില്‍ പലതും നമുക്ക് കാണാന്‍ താല്‍പര്യമുണ്ടാകും പക്ഷെ കണ്ടു എന്നത് സ്റ്റാറ്റ്സിട്ടായള്‍ക്ക് അറിയാനും പാടില്ല എന്നാണ് നിങ്ങള്‍ ചിന്തിക്കുന്നതെങ്കില്‍ അതിനൊരു എളുപ്പ വഴിയുണ്ട്. ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ ,

1. വാട്സാപ്പ് തുറക്കുക.

2. അതിന് ശേഷം സെറ്റിങ്സ് തുറക്കുക

3. അക്കൗണ്ടില്‍ ടാപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക

4. അതിന് ശേഷംപ്രൈവസി എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണും അതില്‍ ടാപ് ചെയ്യുക.

5. പ്രൈവസി തുറന്നാല്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ‘Read receipt’ എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണാം.

6. ‘Read receipt’ ഓഫ് ചെയ്യുക.

7. ഇനി നിങ്ങള്‍ കാണുന്ന സ്റ്റാറ്റസുകളൊന്നും സ്റ്റാറ്റസിട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാന്‍ പോവുന്നില്ല. ഒപ്പം നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കും നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കണ്ട കോണ്ടാക്റ്റുകള്‍ കാണാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല.

8. ഇത് തന്നെയാണ് ബ്ലൂ ടിക്ക് ഓഫ് ചെയ്യാനുമുള്ള മാര്‍​ഗം.

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Android 12 coming soon; Google gave the first hints

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Shortly after rolling out the Android 11 for selected users, Google is gearing up to launch the Android 12 developer preview. As per a report by 9to5, a play store update to the Android Beta Feedback app has been spotted. Google has not officially revealed anything about the Android 12 but such as apps are usually used to deliver feedbacks on Android beta builds.

Reports have stated that although Google has not specifically asked beta testers to give feedback about the Android 12, the existence of the Android Beta Feedback app hint at the launch. The 9to 5 report states that the app is unusable and does not reveal or hint at the Android 12 Developer Preview/Beta. However, it is an indication that the Android 12 Developer Preview will be launched soon. If we go back in time, the Android 11’s Developer Preview was rolled out in February instead of March.

Now, if you try to update the Android Beta Feedback app, you will be greeted with a message that says, “Thank you for participating in the Android Beta Program. The program has concluded and at this time we are no longer accepting feedback via the app.”

Another report by Android Central stated that the Android 12 could be rolled out by the end of this year. Google Pixels phones will be the first phones to get the new Android update before any other smartphone. With the new Android update, the Google Pixels phone are also likely to get double-tap gestures on the rear of phones for selected actions. This could be similar to the back tap feature on the iPhones that have rolled out with the iOS 14. The feature lets users tap at the back of the phone to perform certain actions. Users can customize the actions and the number of taps.

The report also states that Google could also tweak the notifications interface and add new themes. With Android 11, Google had rolled out some of the interesting features including Chat Bubbles, New conversations, Dark Mode scheduling, Privacy and Permissions, Airplane Mode without Bluetooth, Support for 5G, and foldable phones. The Android 11 is now available on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. It has also been rolled out to LG velvet and some of the Motorola devices.

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