What’s going on?

Google is preventing users from freely choosing their preferred app store. Consumers’ freedom of choice is at stake.

Since Summer 2018, Google Play Protect flags Aptoide as a harmful app, hiding it in users’ Android devices and requesting them to uninstall it. Google Play Protect is Google's built-in malware protection software for Android, but we believe the way it works damages users’ rights.

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All major antivirus prove Aptoide is a safe app

VirusTotal aggregates many malware products and scan engines to check for viruses. VirusTotal confirms that Aptoide APK is clean of malware. Know more

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Google doesn’t provide any information about the issue

Google Support was asked why Aptoide is flagged as a harmful app. As of now, Aptoide still hasn’t received any response. Know more

So, why does Google flag a 100% secure app as harmful?

Flagging Aptoide as a harmful app eliminates the healthy competition on Android marketplaces. Google reinforces its dominant position among Android app stores, with serious consequences for users and developers.

Google has already been fined for Android antitrust violations

The European Commission fined Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices, as a way to strengthen dominance of their search engine and the conditions for licensing Google Play Store.

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Developers’s position is compromised

The lack of alternative marketplaces to distribute apps forces developers to accept Google’s abusive conditions: a 30% commission for all in-app payments -apps distributed in Aptoide only pay 19%- or, their Publisher Account being closed with no explanations.

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Google doesn’t apply a court decision

After an injuction filed by Aptoide in relation to this matter, Portuguese Courts issued a decision to prevent Google Play Protect from removing Aptoide app store. As of today, users are still getting Aptoide hidden by Google in their Android devices.

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You're not alone

Competitors of big tech companies have been raising this issue: consumer's rights are being compromised. We're joining this movement to defend such user's rights.

 

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Our hopes and expectations

We would like to be treated in a fair way: Play Protect should not flag Aptoide as a harmful app and should not ask users to uninstall it since it’s proven that it’s 100% secure. Restricting options for users goes against the nature of the Android open source project . Moreover, Google’s ongoing abusive behaviour due to it’s dominant position results in the lack of freedom of choice for users and developers.

We would like to keep allowing users and developers to discover and distribute apps in the store of their choice. A healthy competitive market and a variety of options are what we all need to keep providing the best products.