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Google’s app cleaning not such a clean job as one developer is shown the door with little explanation

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Google’s app cleaning not such a clean job as one developer is shown the door with little explanation
While it does not look like a widespread occurrence, at least one developer has seen her developer account get shuttered by Google as it took a broom to Google Play.

Stephanie Chute, formerly known as SCSCreations on Google Play, develops themes and wallpaper sets for Android devices. Her forte is centered around flowers, the color pink and various cat themes. Stephanie has been creating her work for about five years and has a lot to show for it.

Her applications were not free, yet most are reasonable for the work involved, between $1.99 and $2.99 with occasional works costing more. Stephanie’s determination over the years earned her a solid following, and just last week, her latest wallpaper set found itself in the top 100 paid personalization apps within a week. This is not the picture of a developer delivering poor quality content.

Unfortunately, last Thursday, SCSCreations, a husband-wife team, was informed by Google that its developer account was being terminated with no specific reason given. Naturally, Stephanie was surprised by this and inquired immediately about what the problem could have been. The response she received seemed rather innocuous, “too many keywords.”

Clearly the work of amateurs, these apps and developer had to go (yes, that is sarcasm).

Clearly the work of amateurs, these apps and developer had to go (yes, that is sarcasm).

Stephanie scoured her Google Play emails and saw one email regarding two of her apps stating the problem had to be fixed or the apps might be removed from the Play store. Amazingly, one overlooked email about two apps that tied in too many keywords, not permission violations, vulnerability problems or customer complaints, ended up being the reason for her entire developer account getting the axe.

To rub it in, the response from Google said, “We are unable to provide further details and will not respond to additional inquiries. We recommend that you utilize an alternative method for distributing your apps in the future.” SCSCreations’ developer account will not be reinstated.

And just like that, five years of hard work is gone in a flash. Stephanie will start over and move on. “Everything by the books” as she noted in her Google+ profile. In the meantime, all of her wallpapers and themes have been set up on her website if you would like to see her work. Since sideloading apps is not a challenge with Android, SCSCreations at least has a way to keep its products available.

Check out SCSCreations here if you are interested in seeing their creativity and supporting them.

sources: Stephanie Chute (Google+) via The Droid Effect

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posted on 14 Apr 2013, 22:48 8

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3213; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This is exactly why I dislike Google. They do this all the time in their search engine. Now they're giving a developer with a huge following the boot?

So much for "don't be evil."

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:23 12

5. dsDoan (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


You dislike Google because she ignored email from Google itself, warning her of the issue? This was her own fault. Email, these days, is just as important as the paper mail received in a physical mailbox.

If she relies on this business as a primary means of income, she damned sure better pay attention to emails she's getting from Google.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:02 3

10. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Or some companies are just really arrogant.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:10 4

11. dsDoan (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Explain how It is arrogant to warn a client they are breaking terms of service, and if they ignore that warning and continue breaking terms of service, to take action against them.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 04:00 3

16. boosook (Posts: 893; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


This is true, to some extent, but they should have removed the incriminated apps. Shutting down the whole account seems a bit too much.
If I were an app developer I would think twice before investing my time and money with a company that does business in this way. Because we're talking of business here, and you do business with companies that can give you a guarantee that your business, if honest, will not be suddendly shut down.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 14:20

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well if its "too many keywords" being the issue, shouldnt Google take steps to limit the number of keywords a developer can use? And this only affected 2 of her apps, why deliete her whole account instead of just the offending apps. Google is known to be bullheaded and unwilling to respond or listen to inquiries, hundreds of people with Youtube accounts revoked can attest to that.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:33 7

6. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You disliked Google out of rage and ignorance, how about the developers in the app store that the the boot for providing games and apps apple dislikes? Or how about the ban of a dev that found a huge app store exploit? I don't see Google begin any worse... But again I'm arguing with you witch is pointless

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:19

18. sprockkets (Posts: 1075; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Really? AS if the app store isn't many, MANY TIMES WORSE.

You don't like Google because your are a stupid apple fanboi, NO MORE, NO LESS.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 22:54 4

2. zekes (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


really i hate Google

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:00 5

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1299; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


bad google , bad , i thought of becoming a indie dev after finishing my course on app development , now this seems outrageous

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:31

19. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


No, just learn to read and reply your emails. I remember the developer that lost a job because he failed to reply to an acceptance offer. I think it was also at Google

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 14:29

21. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


That's different. That developer probably didnt have "too many keywords"

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:23 3

4. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


What a shame Google

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:42 1

7. the_s2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Quality wise, I guess these themes are not worth the $1.99 & $2.99 tags as there are a lot of high quality apps going on sale at the same price. Since these themes are the sweat and blood of the developers .99 would have been reasonable.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:01 3

9. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Apps dev can charge whatever they want. Up to you to decide to buy it or not. And if you think you can do better, then make one yourself and sell for less.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 23:43 3

8. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Stupid, evil companies with their "walled garden" ecosystems...oh, wait.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 00:43 3

12. TheMan (Posts: 371; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I don't have problems with the decision to boot her, but I have with the one strike and you're out mentality for any "offense" and her inability to get a direct response from Google (something most of us have experienced firsthand).

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 01:38 1

13. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"Do no evil"... to your large clients

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 01:45 2

14. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Seriously though, it looks like they were getting a kickback from Go launcher and SMS Pro, but advertising through the Play Store.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 02:08 2

15. jibraihimi (Posts: 644; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I agree with you...... It looks like that something is fishy........ Google has always been involved in 'doing evil', but their PR team is very good to keep them in good books of the customer............

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:00

17. shahulvm (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Looks like lots of thumbs down if ppl Google is doing bad. Comeon ppl, Google isnt a saint company...

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