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[wlug] Google Play Store Mistakenly Removed KDE Connect

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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Sun Mar 24 21:01:02 NZDT 2019

'Google's Play Store made a bad mistake on Tuesday, long-time Slashdot
reader sombragris writes:

KDE Connect, a project designed to enable seamless communcation and
control between a desktop computer and a mobile phone, was suddenly
removed from Android's Google Play store. According to a Twitter
thread by Albert Vaca, KDE Connect's maintainer, the removal was
allegedly because the app was in breach of Google's new SMS policy.

There's an exemption which applies to KDE Connect, but the maintainer
was unable to contact anyone at Google to provide support. "There is
simply no way to talk to a human being at @Google", he said.

Cintora also announced on Twitter that while trying to comply with the
Play Store's new policy, he'd initially been stopped again by
technical problems. "The @GooglePlay console gives me an internal
error, so I can't upload the version without SMS support."

But on Thursday Cintora tweeted that KDE Connect "finally got
approved, and SMS support is back in version 1.12.4, both on the Play
Store and F-Droid!" Cintora credits this resolution partly to his
Twitter thread, which got over half a million impressions.

Its last tweet now features a picture of a celebrating parrot.'

-- source:

Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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