Remove China Apps has been pulled from Google Play. According to Google’s Deceptive Behaviour rules, an app cannot encourage users to remove third party apps, and do it was suspended, as the app was designed to help users uninstall Chinese apps from their Android smartphones. It was published on Google Play on May 17, and came into the limelight last week. The Remove China Apps even emerged as the top trending app on Google Play and crossed over 50 lakh downloads.
The app notably came to its existence at a time when anti-China sentiment is at peak in the country, for reasons including the coronavirus outbreak and India-China border dispute.
This is the second high profile app to be removed from the Google Play store this week. Just a few hours before Remove China Apps was removed, the Mitron app was also removed from the store. The app was removed for violating the store policies, after surging past 50 lakh downloads fuelled by anti-China sentiments.
The Indian Express first reported about the removal of the Remove China Apps app, but since then more details about the reasons for the removal have come to light. The makers of the Remove China Apps, OneTouch AppLabs, confirmed its suspension from Google Play through a tweet posted on late Tuesday. The Jaipur-based company claims on its website that while a large number of people were using the app to remove apps made by Chinese developers, it wasn’t aimed to “promote or force people to uninstall any of the application(s)” and developed “for educational purposes only.”
Google confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it took the decision to pull the Remove China Apps for violating Google Play’s Deceptive Behaviour Policy that doesn’t allow apps that “encourage or incentivise users into removing or disabling third-party apps” and “mislead users into removing or disabling third-party apps”.
However, Google declined to provide further comment on the suspension.
Received public praise
The Remove China Apps received a large amount of positive reviews on Google Play, with an average rating of 4.9 stars. Its downloads also reached new levels shortly after getting popular on social media. The quick growth of the app suggested how a large number of smartphone users in India are looking for a solution to stay away from Chinese offerings. It’s clearly coincided with the ongoing measures by the government to cut off its ties with Beijing due to cross-border tensions.
Apps including TikTok have already faced a public outrage for being a Chinese platform. In contrast, the rise of the anti-China sentiment helped TikTok alternative Mitron that was initially believed to be an Indian app, though a recent report highlighted its link with Pakistan. The latter was, however, also recently pulled from Google Play for violating spam and repetitive content policies.
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Every new feature and change in iOS 14 beta 2 | Appleinsider – AppleInsider
Apple’s second beta version of iOS 14, released on Tuesday to developers, is packed full of small UI refinements and other notable features. This video covers them all.
Here’s everything new that we’ve found in iOS 14 beta 2. Get a better look by checking out our hands-on video.
New features and changes
- New calendar icon: The icon for the Calendar app now has the day of the week abbreviated instead of spelled out.
- Clock icon: The app icon for Clock has similarly been updated with thicker hands.
- New Files widget: Users can now add a Files widget to the Today view in small, medium or large sizes.
- Reminders widget: The small Reminders widget now shows a task along with the count.
- Widget add button matches the color of widget you are adding (Thanks to iHactuPro!
- Photos widget now comes in new 4×4 size (Thanks Nathanael Dufresne!)
- Old-style widgets are now the same width as the new-style widgets (Thanks Nathanael Dufresne!)
- Clipboard notification: Clipboard notifications now show which iCloud device you pasted from.
- Podcasts swap: The Library and Browse tabs have swapped places in Podcasts.
- Tweaked Home screen removal text: Apps added to the App Library — but not the Home screen — can now be deleted directly from within the App Library. The text has been updated to reflect that.
- Default audio apps on HomePod: Users can now select a third-party service as the default audio service for music, podcasts or audiobooks on HomePod.
- Tracking Report: Apple has renamed Track Report to “Privacy Report.” Trackers now work in the feature.
- Location Services banner: Apple has updated the Location Services disabled banner to read “Location Services is off.”
- Buttons within the Music app now have Haptic feedback
- Mentions in the Messages app now appear in blue
- iPadOS Home app: Automations now appear in sidebar in the Home app on iPad.
- Hidden feature reveals Apple Pay might soon support QR codes with Code Payments.
While we’ve done our best to track down any changes we’ve found in this beta, it is by no mean an exhaustive list of everything Apple’s changed this time around.
Galaxy Note 20 will considerably improve the S Pen’s pointer functionality – SamMobile
The S Pen is the best stylus that exists in the world of smartphones, and with every new Galaxy Note flagship, Samsung introduces fancy new S Pen features. However, the basic experience of using the S Pen hasn’t changed much in the last couple of years, with Samsung only focusing on somewhat gimmicky functionality with each new Note. But that could be changing this year, as the Korean giant is improving an S Pen function that has been around for many years.
YouTube Jimmy is Promo, who gave us our first real look at the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra earlier this week, has now posted another image of the phone, this time showing the extensive S Pen pointer customization options that will be introduced with the new flagship. The S Pen has always worked as a basic pointer, and hovering it over some features can reveal what an item is or what it does.
With the Galaxy Note 20 series, it seems the S Pen pointer will allow users to navigate around the interface (similar to how a computer mouse works) by pressing and holding the S Pen button. One will be able to customize the pointer’s speed. There’s also some customization for when the S Pen is used as a laser pointer for things such as viewing presentations in PowerPoint. You will be able to change the pointer’s color and size and add a trail to the pointer, just like you can add a mouse trail on a Windows PC.
Being able to use the S Pen to navigate around the interface would be extremely useful when using the Note 20/Note 20 Ultra in DeX mode, and it would also be a great hands-free tool in general use. However, we will have to wait and see how exactly it will work and how good the implementation is. Thankfully, we will find out soon enough – Samsung has officially confirmed that the Galaxy Note 20 will be launched at a virtual Unpacked event on August 5, alongside possibly the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and the Galaxy S7/S7+.
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will unveil its latest Galaxy smartphones next month. In a statement Tuesday night, the South Korean tech giant announced its “Galaxy Unpacked” virtual event, which will be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 5. No other details were revealed, but it is expected that the company will unveil its Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and a 5G version of its Galaxy Z Flip.
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