Top 5 Android Apps banned from Google Play Store:
Most Android users rely heavily on Google Play Store for downloading their apps and keeping them updated. Other forked versions of Android has their own store, like Amazon devices, whereas some side-load their apps. However, there’s loads of apps that Google do not offer via their Play Store. Here are a few.
#5) Amazon Underground:
Google Play users can also user Amazon’s App Store to download and keep apps updated. However, Amazon Underground is a different thing altogether. It allowed games and in-app purchases of games to be made without shelling out a single penny legally. The app was made to replace the “free app of the day” program, but is now being shut down by Amazon because they are expanding their app store.
Google on the other hand, did not want another app store to be on theirs, which is also why the Amazon App Store is not there on Google Play.
#4) Cyanogen Mod Installer:
Cyanogen Mod is a forked OS that had tons of customization options and better than the variant most OEMs provided anyways. CM Installer allowed people to install the OS without rooting the device. The app was removed for reasons unknown.
Cyanogen Mod was a real competitor for stock Android, and even had Google’s competitor, and presently a Top Developer in their Store – Microsoft investing in it. Cyanogen OS, also later came bundled with Microsoft Apps like Outlook, Skype, Bing, Office and more. Google probably removed it as they though more people installing CM will hurt their revenue.
#3) Popcorn Time:
The Popcorn Time service was a bit controversial and operated in a legally gray area. Popcorn Time is a torrent indexing service that indexed movie and TV show torrents from various sources. The client app allowed you to stream movies and TV shows over BitTorrent protocol and watch them for free.
#2) Flappy Bird:
The intensely popular and frustrating Flappy Bird was taken down from the Google Play and also Apple App Store because the developer Dong Nguyen thought that it was affecting his simple life in a bad way.
TubeMate is a YouTube video downloader, whereas YouTube (or Google) makes money through the advertisements on the site. Downloading YouTube videos meant bypassing the ads and hence decreased revenue for Google. Hence, Google took down the app, even though there are many online services that will allow you to do the same.