5 smartphone apps banned by... Google

5 smartphone apps banned by... Google
When it comes to mobile apps, Apple is the company that usually bans stuff. Meanwhile, Google is known to have a much more open approach to its Android OS and the applications that get submitted for it. Does that mean that Google hasn't banned any apps for its platform, though? Nope. Probably not as strict as Apple, Google has also issued its fair share of bans on some more or less controversial applications.

Here are 5 of the more interesting apps that have been smitten by El Goog's secret ban hammer!



1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Love the last one.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Google thought instead of building an entire app mothers could just ask the question, 'Does he like use iPhone ?' ;) j/k

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Is my son gay? Me : Hmm.....maybe.... WHOA wait a minute, I'm only 14! Wake up! WAKE UP!

15. trkota

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

ba dum tss...

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013



Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I don't have a son yet but, from what all the science suggests, homosexualiTy is genetic. One sure way of knowing at an early age is, just throw both an iPhone and an Android smartphone into the crib a week or two after birth; if the baby boy graviTates toward the iPhone then just buy him the latest Jennifer Lopez collection at Kmart. (And, don't forget the Manolo Blahniks)

38. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

WHAT?! :(

42. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

LMMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That, sir, is funny, true, and epic! xD

45. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

don't know if you were serious about the first part, but it isn't genetic source : Darwin

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Adblock plus?! Wow,what a surprise!I just downloaded that weeks ago but now when I read the article, I went to the play store and now it's gone

20. cmikeh2

Posts: 26; Member since: May 09, 2012

There was significant evidence that AdBlock Plus' mechanism for blocking ads would interfere with other apps on the device in a way that would inhibit the performance of those apps. Oftentimes then those apps would receive low reviews despite there not actually being an inherent flaw with the app being reviewed but with AdBlock Plus. Since the app was adversely affecting other play store apps it was determined that it should be removed. At least that's the story I've heard.

34. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I agree with you, sometimes I taught there was something wrong with my browser(not loading the site) and some apps but when I paused adblock it came out working properly

40. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

I tried it, and it was quite hopeless, not worth it at all.. there was a similar one, meant to block ads fro apps, but that was dubious too.. If you use desktop opera to block internet ads, you can use the same 'urlfilter' with android Opera... :)

5. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Good thing our homies over at XDA have our backs.

6. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Siri was most likely removed because they just didn't want the headache of a stupid dispute with Apple. I'm not interested, but I'm guessing the exact same app will show up with a different name.

7. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Big deal.Many of them will still available on sites that crack apps.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And they said android was open and allowed freedom.

9. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

we are still totally free to install them? its just that google wont supply the server and bandwith space.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so you need to get them outside of Google.. then yes Google is no that open..

32. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

U could actually use THE Google Search to find the download apk files so how's that to yours: '' Google is not open...'' ?

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I take it you and your buddy didnt bother reading some of the descriptions of the apps.....figures. One was because of pressure from advocacy groups. Is my son gay? What if I have a daughter? Discrimination....lol. Or is the developer implying its ok for females to be gay....hmmmm.... Siri for Android? Are yall 2 gonna seriously squawk about that one? I guess you want Apple to have more ammo to go after Android, Google huh. Online gambling is a touchy issue. Only one I might have a problem with is ad block. PSx Emulators....well technically....you know the deal with that. That coulda been more for Sony's benefit to remove it.

10. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

thats what i said lol guess not

11. kellkeezy

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

if that comment is for the psx4droid app, well lets see here, android runs on multiple devices. One of those being Sony Xeperia, which sony also has some form of gaming rights for FF7, 8, 9 and 10. So just like Nintendo .they dont want their precious games that everyone loves, falling into the hands of millions for free on handheld devices.

28. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Sony and Nintendo can't do anything about emulators. Emulators themselves are legal. Redistributing ROMs and BIOS is piracy, and that's where Sony and Nintendo could go after emulator users (and Google, if PSX4Droid has the BIOS).

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

We are not only restricted to play store unlike you with apps store... You can easily sideload any apps in android..android is open and will remain open always..

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and then you wonder why there are viruses on Android right?

44. tha.fox

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Ive never gotten a virus on the 5 droids Ive owned. That argument is really getting old

27. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Right. Because Google removed these from all of the Internets around the world. At least a couple of these have legal implications. PSX4Droid was likely pulled because it probably bundled the PlayStation BIOS (that's piracy). Other emulators are on the store, but require BIOS to be supplied by the user (or are for systems without a BIOS). Siri sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. The Is My Son Gay app probably shouldn't exist, and the fact that Google removed it isn't so much a reflection on Google's speech infringement, but a reflection on the bigotry of society. As for the other two, they're questionable, but feel free to download and install. Just one little checkbox makes it all possible. In any event, Android IS open. Android IS free. Google Play isn't, but guess what? Google Play doesn't have to be the alpha and omega of Android.

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I shoulda read your post before making mine. I said almost the same things....lol.

12. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Dear Google .. Ever heard of APK???

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