Android apps banned on Google Play Store 2016

Google Play, which was originally born and referred to by Google as the Android Market, is Google's official store and portal for Android apps, games and other content for your Android-powered phone, tablet or Android TV device

TubeMate : 

TubeMate enabled users to directly download YouTube videos on their smartphones. What made TubeMate better was the fact that you didn’t even have to watch the video to download it. However, TubeMate was taken down from the Play Store because apparently Google wasn’t too happy with users downloading videos from YouTube. And with YouTube now allowing users to download videos for offline viewing, TubeMate getting banned isn't that much of a problem anymore.

CyanogenMode Installer : 

CM Installer or CyanogenMod Installer was an app that allowed users to install CyanogenMod ROMs on their devices without having to root them. The app was removed from Play Store for unknown reasons.

Floppy Bird :

In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has revealed the real reason he removed the extremely popular app from the App Store and the Google Play Store. According to Nguyen, the game’s addictiveness is what convinced him to remove it, and the app is not coming back. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” the developer said “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Tv Portal : 

People who love watching TV series loved TV Portal. The app enabled users to stream TV shows directly on their Android devices. The extensive library of shows offered made the app even better. However, Google banned TV Portal from the Play Store because of copyright issues.

MIUI Music :

MIUI Music provided users with a music streaming experience at par with that of Spotify Premium, without requiring them to spend a penny. But somehow, the app never made it to Google’s Play Store.

AdAway : 

As the name suggests, AdAway helped users get rid of all those annoying ads on their Android devices. It was among the most popular ad-blocker apps, till it was removed by Google from the Play Store.

Grooveshark : 

This is probably the most controversial app in the list, having been published and pulled from Google Play Store multiple times. Grooveshark was a Pandora alternative to Pandora for those who don’t live in the US. However, Google banned it from the Play Store after receiving a complaint from the Recording Industry Association of America. Legal battles followed, and only ended with Grooveshark closing down their business.

PSX4Droid : 

A PlayStation emulator, PSX4Droid allowed users to play PlayStation games on their Android devices. Needless to say, it gained immense popularity quickly. Due to legal troubles and copyright issues, Google kicked PSX4Droid out of the Play Store

Rush Poker :

Among the most popular gambling apps on Play Store, Rush Poker was banned from Google’s Play store for precisely that. The app was used to gamble with real money and under-age users made things worse.

The beginning of this year saw Google removing 13 apps from its Play Store. The apps were removed on account of being malicious and include Honeycomb, Just Fire, Cake Blast, Crazy Block, Drag Box, Tiny Puzzle, Jump Planet, Ninja Hook, Piggy Jump, Eat Bubble, Hit Planet, Cake Tower and Crazy Jelly. However, these are not the only apps that have been pulled from the Play Store. We've curated a list of 10 apps that have been banned from Google Play Store in the past

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