Google Removes Apps From The Android Market Without Warning

April 30, 2011
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    The Android Market is has the best apps of today developed by Google and others for Android devices. Compared to Apple’s App Store, the Android Market is an “open market” that permits developers to publish their apps for users to download instantly without permission from anyone.

    Every so often, Google pulls an app from the Android Market. Here are some of the few apps that were pulled recently

    Grooveshark

    Grooveshark is an online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application, allowing users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist. Grooveshark have been in the market for a year and a half however just this month, with no particular reason and no notice at all, Grooveshark was pulled from the Android Market.

    The people behind Grooveshark were shocked why Google pulled out the app from the market and they do not know what rules and regulations were violated.

    Pokemon Tower Defense

    Well, the most probable or perhaps the most obvious reason why the popular tower defense themed from Pokemon got pulled out from the Android Market is that it used copyrighted characters without consent from Nintendo or from the Pokemon Company.

    Nevertheless, the developers aren’t angry and respect the decision to have it pulled out. They are also aware that talking to Nintendo or Google right now would be futile.

    Dog Wars

    Dog Wars had been a provocative game for Android devices. The game is all about dogs fight against one another in virtual blood-fight scenarios. The controversial game was pulled out from the Android Market after a commotion from the Humane Society and from former dogfighter Michael Vick.

    I really don’t understand the principal reason why Dog Wars was banned from the market. Just because something is illegal in real life in certain countries, does it also mean it is illegal to make a song, movie, or video game about it? How about those games that involves human fighting against each other? This seems really fishy.

    When Google demonstrates its power to pull out apps – for whatever reason it has – users and developers have no choice and no one to appeal to. The question now is – Is it fair that Google pulled out these apps without warning?

    Source: Yahoo News

    Comments

    • Max

      Of course it is fair. And I do not think that they need any notice to be given.

      Is it fair for someone to violate a copyright and perhaps pull Google into it? Of course not.

    • George

      Pulling the music app and the Pokemon app make sense, because of copyright issues, and thus Android’s liability concerns.

      Now as for the dog fighting one — yes, dog fighting is deplorable, and “inhumane”. But it does make one wonder… There are popular games where people are killing other people (even cops, such as in Grand Theft Auto), and these are often deemed acceptable. So it just seems odd that killing people is okay, but we draw the line at dogs… hmmmmm…. Just sayin’…

    • Chuck Angel

      I think Google’s actions are perfectly reasonable and I support them 100 percent. This isn’t a philosophical issue – it’s a legal issue and a common sense issue.

    • Joshua

      Legal issue my a ss. I completely understand the copyright issues of the first two apps, even if I don’t agree with them 100%. However there is nothing illegal about the dog fighting app. Yes, fighting dogs in real life is illegal but so is stealing cars or shooting people but nobody has a problem with those video games. How about this, go to market.android.com and search for keyword WEED. Take a look at the amount of apps related to the *illegal* substance, but I don’t hear anybody raising a stink about that. Its all about double standards and bowing to the pressure of lobbyists. F’n peta nazis.

      What about the games that contain dogs that you kill, ie Resident Evil. Should we ban any and all games that contain animals? Is this the cause that peta has taken up now? Protect the pixel animals because “pixels have feelings too”. Get over yourselves peta nazis, its a game, and it doesn’t lead to people actually fighting dogs.

    • L. Reese

      So the dog-fighting game is un-PC. Socially speaking, for dog owners, it’s something akin to seeing a child-on-child fighting game app. But it’s not merely in bad taste….it’s offensive. How about a “be-a-virtual-pedophile child-hunter” game? (Child p*rn happens to be against the law. So is dog-fighting.) How about a “protest-at-the-funeral-of-a-slain-soldier” game?
      Free speech aside, *it’s Google’s market place.* I applaud this decision to pull the game. Google is far less snobby than Apple, so get a grip. It’s still a free country; go make your own marketplace if you differ…

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