• brian healy

    That’s some ol’ bull shit right there

  • Joe Avery

    These remind me of eBay policy. It’s basically like a bad parent, one with too many kids. If I have anyone complain about you then you get a time out. Basically if they have to be bothered with checking the situation then ban. I think google should take a slightly more personal roll. They created this playground now police it in a proper way and not like a lazy parent.

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      You described the situation really nicely. I believe that’s exactly what’s happening.
      1. Anyone complains, suspend the app. No need to warn the developer or reply to their mail.
      2. Get 2, 3 such complains, damn, ban that developer. No need to check credibility.

  • Chris Gran

    corporate business, silicon valley at its finest. Theres a lot to running a company like Google that we just cant even imagine, Stephanie will get back up again, i mean she was smart enough to land a job there..

  • TrinNY

    This article appeared in my G+ timeline then it disappeared did you guys pull it?

  • Jochen Blacha

    Hi Armando (and all the regulars around here) – I’m following your YouTube channel for quite a while now and I also follow this site in feedly (since Google is about to axe Reader) … seems the time has come to finally post a comment … excuse the wall of text.

    From my viewpoint Google seems to be on a mission to crash the faith of their customers as well as their reputation against a very solid wall at hyper-sonic speeds.

    I once had a little quarrel with Google about them pulling my Google Code repository. Turned out they took some offense that I wasn’t hosting the code on Google Code (they offered a laughable 2.5GB storage space back then – try to fork a few CM repos into there) and didn’t place the GitHub link – as they put it – “prominentely” enough. It was a inconvenience, but nothing that really made me lose faith in Google – but that was about to change this year …

    Axing Reader: I guess I don’t need to dive into this matter anymore – we all know about the (very well deserved) backslash Google faced about it. Since I used Reader since the time it got released I’m one of the many that are actually pissed to no end.

    Fucking up Gmail (please exuse the strong wording): The new “Compose” window in Gmail is anything but productive or usable. Whoever came up with that “betterfication” must have failed Computer Science and UI Design on a epic scale (or have been brought in from the Windows 8 or Gnome 3 development team – otherwise it isn’t possible to eff up a UI that badly). Well… Google’s loss, Thunderbird’s gain. Since I can’t stand the new Gmail interface I switched over to Thunderbird on my desktop to have a sane way of writing up e-mails again (now let’s see how long it takes until Google is going to axe the IMAP and POP access, and let’s see how it takes until they eff up the Android Gmail app the same way).

    And lastly – effing up the Play Store UI on Android. I know lots of people are enthusiastic about the new Play Store UI, but from where I am sitting this is just the next failure in UI design (the color scheme doesn’t match “Holo”, so Google is actually breaking their own design guidelines, the “cards” of the apps in the various categories feature icons that are just too huge).

    This, paired up with Google’s hostility towards you for posting a April Fools joke and their hostility against application developers (let me just say that Google already has a bad rep for not paying out revenues developers made from the sales of their apps on the Play Store), makes me re-think my relation with Google from ground up. If it wouldn’t be for Android I would have already deleted my Google account to either run some less-evil competitor or to switch to a dedicated root server to run my own e-mail service and cloud storage there.

    I consider myself a huge fan of Google and Android, but my faith into Google and their services is falling into the direction of rock bottom at ever increasing speeds.

    Just my personal opinion on the whole matter.

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  • Kevin Phan

    I hope she had her apps backed up. She can post it online with their APK

    • Jimneezy

      yeah but now who’s going to stop a person from sharing her work and causing her her to loose money in the process?

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  • http://twitter.com/alectprasad alectprasad

    Another thing you should know,this is from the google drive EULA

    Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. ….The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps)

    For comparison,this is from sky drive EULA

    Except for material that we licence to you, we don’t claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don’t control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service.

  • John Chorley

    I was banned from YouTube for 6 months for no apparent reason. I read their policy tons of time in detail and I didn’t violate any of the rules on YouTube. I wasn’t even allowed to do live streaming on YouTube.

    It’s annoying when you get banned for no reason or without a warning at least. I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

  • Milos Lukic

    This is what Google did to my country, Serbia. First at let us buy apps from the Play Store for a few months and then one day they just removed them all and now we are left with free apps only for more than a year. Those apps that we purchased can no longer be installed or updated since we can no longer find them. So they just took our money and we can’t do anything about it.
    I have sent them more than 100 emails and all I get is a generic response that they are aware of a problem and that they are working to fix it.

    • http://twitter.com/alectprasad alectprasad

      Side load apk files.

    • Peter Fabian

      Make Google think you are elsewhere… It is not that hard. Hit me up on G+ if you want to know how.

      • Milos Lukic

        Thanks, but that’s really not a solution. This girl could just shut up and publish her apps in the Amazon App Store, but she didn’t. I don’t want to sideload pirated apps like someone suggested or to fake my location to get in possession of the apps I legally purchased.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    Could be because of font name copyright or use of keywords.

  • chris gary

    This scares the bejeezus out of me ;

  • http://twitter.com/StuBlake13 SB13X

    The problem in suggesting people sideload apk’s and in Stephanies position hosting them off Google Play is a lot of people won’t trust the content and will be wary of malware without Google endorsement. I know I for one unless it comes through XDA won’t touch or install any other apk.

    With this, Google Play not offering equal promotions to its UK/EU users through similar partnerships (such as the offers leading up to Christmas and those celebrating Plays birthday) and with their tax avoidance in the UK. I am seriously looking to jump ship.

    Its things like this that debunk the arguments offered in the other TDE article relating to Androids competition from the likes of Canonical/Ubuntu. If the handsets are comparable to Android flagships or if Android Flagship devices can be hacked to run Ubuntu this autumn/fall then thats where I’m off. Linux has a strong enough dev following to make it interesting enough to a geek like me.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    Google had once suspended one of my apps for having ‘too many keywords’. I had those words in the app description to let potential buyers know what app skins they are going to get in the theme pack. Another time, for having the word “Ubuntu” in my app name – “Ubuntu theme uccw pack” whereas other apps are still using Ubuntu’s official logo as their app icon..!! Then there was a false DMCA suspension of one app. I sent a counter claim giving all proof that it was my original work and the guy claiming his copyright violation is the actual culprit. One month – no response. And there’s no good way of communicating with the google team handling this. I got a reply from them after 3 months in once case. Over time, I have learnt to suck it up. But whenever I hear any such stories, blood boils up. X-(

    The signs i’m seeing – google is slowly becoming apple; not caring about what users think, forcing stuff on them and high handed behaviour. My way or highway. Developers, who make android a success, are treated so badly. Android depends badly on developers. No developers, no quality apps, no users. On top of that, google takes 30% just for moving money from customer to developer. You’d think they’ll treat developers with utmost care. But it’s exact opposite.

  • Peter Chu

    Armando would it be okay if you or we make this web site a place for great developers like Stephanie Chute to post her great works here or even sell them ?
    Like a extra section on this website for buying apps ?
    By doing so she can continue her work, get incomes, make everyone happy, make this site more popular etc…
    What do you guys think?

    • Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Sounds good to me…

  • Seth Steen

    A year latter and still doing the same thing. Just happened to me. Someone made a false copyright complaint. No warning, no idea who, and now way to defend myself. Nobody would listen and I have proof all of it is original content. Won’t even try to work with you to get things right, even after all the money I made for them I couldn’t get 5 minutes of an actual human being’s time.

  • Puja Aggarwal

    Anyone whose developer account has been terminated must get together and take google to court….I am ready.