Google removes Koush’s ROM Manager due to IAP policy violation

December 19, 2013
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It seems like a little bit of drama has hit the Android world, as the popular app ROM Manager has now been pulled from the Google Play Store due to a violation of the Google Play developer policies.

Up until its pull, ROM Manager allowed folks to upgrade to the premium version directly from within the app using either Google’s IAP system or an alternative system that allows Paypal payments. The problem is that Google Play has a policy in place that requires users to only use Google’s own in-app purchase system, which has been in force since about mid-2012.

Under the policy, Google could have flagged and subsequently removed these apps over a year ago, but apparently the issue went unnoticed until recently when well-known developer Koushik Dutta (aka Koush) received notification from Google that his newer Helium app was in violation of Google’s IAP policy. Google said he had six weeks to fix the issue in any apps that violated the policy, or they would be pulled.

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Violation notice from Google.

Koush then responded saying that he would address the problem, but that he had several other apps that would also need to be adjusted. With two weeks left on the deadline, ROM Manager was taken down today without further notice.

So why did Google remove the app, even though the developer should have had two more weeks to correct the issue? It’s hard to say, though it’s at least somewhat possible that the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

Since Koush’s developer account had already been flagged for an IAP violation, it is possible someone at Google might have went through his other works and noticed that several older apps were in violation of the policy — and then simply decided to pull the app in question.

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Koush’s original response.

Considering Koush was under the impression he had more time, the removal seems a bit harsh. On the other hand, some could argue that the developer had well over a year to address the issue.

For now the app remains pulled from the Play Store, though it’s likely just a matter of time before Koush either fully addresses the issue or reaches some kind of agreement with Google.

What do you think of the whole issue, was it right for Google to take down the app or should the developer have been given more time after his official warning? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Comments

  • Jacques Hragar

    Trickster mod has this too :0

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    I guess both have their legitimate reasons. I think in the end this may help Koush with free publicity

  • Jayfeather787

    Sad. I can’t believe google would do something like that. I know they have the right to do so, but I still think that it is wrong because they did not give him proper notice.

  • Joshua Hill

    After the whole chromecast saga I get the feeling Google has it in for Koush.

  • Chris Harris

    While he should of had it fixed a year ago, they should of given him his full six weeks they said he had.

  • Hoggles

    Koush is the man.

    Hey Goog…. Have more respect for a guy that truly help give you customers and money.

    Give the man his 2 weeks…

  • Steven S

    what makes you think that it was Google, and not the dev himself, that pulled the app?

    altho I love paypal, there is no need to support it in apps … ANYONE can pickup a pre-paid credit card from most grocery or corner stores and use it online

  • leejenshil

    with the Skype app you buy credits via a credit card and not Google play, so way is it not pulled either

    • Shark Bait

      Spotify doesn’t go tbrought the play story either. These are services your paying for, that you could just as easily do from a desktop, so the rules are different

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    ok am I tripin or the mail is not about ROM manager but for Helium – App sync and backup??? And it is still in the play store!

  • Thang Fozika

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  • needa

    did you type this out with dragon? hard to read with so many errors.

  • HBF

    Koush’s next move should be giving away the ROM Manager for free but only for next week because that giveaway will be a special Christmas one.