App Cloner has been removed from the Play Store for nebulous policy violations

Given the popularity of our previous coverage for the app, many of our readers are fans of App Cloner, which — as the name suggests — allows you to duplicate an installed app. That’s especially useful when a given app only allows one account login at a time. Unfortunately for its many fans, App Cloner was just yanked from the Play Store after allegedly violating Google’s policies, and the communication received by the developer from Google during the process stands as another example of the company’s ongoing support failure. Read MoreApp Cloner has been removed from the Play Store for nebulous policy violations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Listing restored] A DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app 'Always On Display AMOLED'

Update 1: 2018/10/19 9:05am PDT

Google has reinstated the app to the Play Store. We’re told by Rosenfeld the listing was returned after contacting Google via a link provided on Twitter, and not the official

Google’s history of providing support to Android developers that run into issues on the Play Store is pretty abysmal. If you have the clout of Facebook or Netflix, your whims are individually catered to, but independent developers get the short end of the automated-support stick. Read More[Update: Listing restored] A DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app ‘Always On Display AMOLED’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app 'Always On Display AMOLED'

Google’s history of providing support to Android developers that run into issues on the Play Store is pretty abysmal. If you have the clout of Facebook or Netflix, your whims are individually catered to, but independent developers get the short end of the automated-support stick. Yesterday, yet another indie Android app, Always On Display AMOLED, was kicked to the curb in what appears to be an overzealous, automated DMCA takedown, and in true Google fashion, the affected developer is left without recourse or a means for dispute. 
The app in question had garnered some 7 million downloads from the Play Store, and a description of its functionality is still live over at F-Droid, a popular open-source repository of Android apps and informal Play Store alternative. Read MoreA DMCA failure: Play Store automated takedowns hit indie app ‘Always On Display AMOLED’ was written by the awesome team at Android Police.