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Google Cracks Down On Emulators

Google has decided to crack down on game emulators by removing the popular ‘-oid’ series emulators offered by developer Yongzh from its Android Market.

Several popular emulators available on the Android Market store have been removed by the company as a result of a take-down request, PC World (opens in new tab) reports.

The emulators removed by the company include Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, and Gameboid, which were developed by Yongzh, who claimed that his developer account was removed by Google without prior warning.

The developer now plans to offer the emulators on the third party Android application store SlideMe, but it is not optimistic about their fate. The developers plans to make the emulators available for free for the time being.

Google, known for the openness of its platform, removes apps if it receives a formal take-down request.

When Sony Ericsson first started promoting its Xperia Play PlayStation phone, it asked Google to remove the PSX4droid emulator from the Android market, claiming that it violated its copyrighted ‘PSX’ brand.

Emulators are generally deemed to be legal, but the legality of ROMs used on those emulators is much more questionable, especially if the person using the ROM doesn't own an original copy of the game.