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Google Pulls Down Transdroid From Marketplace, Reasons Not Known

Search engine giant Google has removed the popular torrent management app Transdroid from its Android Market app store.

According to an article on Torrent Freak (opens in new tab), the company removed the app for certain policy violations but failed to expand any further.

Transdroid, which had more than 400,000 users in the two years it was active on Android, allows users to remotely manage their torrent downloads on the move.

Users were able to start and stop torrent downloads, search for torrent files and even use a barcode scanner to discover torrent files. The app was available in both paid and free versions from the Android Market.

“I have just received an e-mail from Google that Transdroid, both the free and donate version, have been pulled from the Android Market. This is due to apparent violations in the content policies of publishing in the Android Market,” the developer of Transdroid said in an announcement.

Even though Google refused to give the exact reasons for the take down, many believe that considering the functionality of the app, Google removed it due to copyright infringement.

Google clearly states in Android Market policies that an app should not infringe on "intellectual property rights of others, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and other proprietary rights".

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.