Over the last week or so, folks noticed that HTC took down major stock applications like Mail, Contacts, and People from the Google Play Store. There was a concern that this was the first step toward HTC’s exit from the Android smartphone market.
The good news is that HTC simply took down the apps due to a recent Play Store policy change.
In a statement sent to Android Police, HTC said it temporarily removed some of its apps from the Play Store. The company also said it would re-publish apps over the coming weeks and continues to review additional apps.
For example, HTC’s Mail, Sense home launcher, and Re camera app were re-published on the Play Store within the last week. According to HTC, the HTC People, Sense Companion, and Restore apps will be re-published by the end of April.
That doesn’t mean that HTC is entirely in the clear. Even though the company saw significantly higher consolidated sales for March relative to February, the higher sales were due to its new VR headsets. Revenue is at an 18-year low, with sales for the first three months of 2019 down 66 percent from a year ago.
The re-published HTC apps only confirm that the company still has a pulse. We are unsure what the future of the company will look like.