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5 smartphone apps banned by... Google

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:24

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 more or less controversial applications...

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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:30 37

1. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

Love the last one.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:34 27

3. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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


posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:34 11

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Is my son gay?

Me : Hmm.....maybe....

WHOA wait a minute, I'm only 14!

Wake up! WAKE UP!

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:09 12

15. trkota (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

ba dum tss...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:22 2

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


posted on 16 Apr 2013, 20:32 2

35. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 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)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:18 1

38. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

WHAT?! :(

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 14:57 1

42. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 02 May 2013, 11:08

45. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)

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

source : Darwin

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:42 1

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:11 10

20. cmikeh2 (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 May 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 17:42 2

34. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 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

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:36

40. illiad (Posts: 128; Member since: 07 Feb 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... :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 07:57 11

5. nicholassss (Posts: 368; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Good thing our homies over at XDA have our backs.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:04 3

6. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:16

7. recond9 (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:30 10

8. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

And they said android was open and allowed freedom.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:50 17

9. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 13:26 2

22. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 17:07 6

32. NickPeters (Posts: 74; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:07

36. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:59 1

10. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

thats what i said lol guess not

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:23 4

11. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:00 2

28. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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).

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:30 4

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 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..

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 13:27

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

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

posted on 27 Apr 2013, 20:42

44. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 13:57 3

27. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 22:12 1

37. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:27 4

12. Basharhd99 (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Dear Google .. Ever heard of APK???

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