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The most controversial apps in the App Store and Google Play during 2020

Statistics and reports indicate that Google Play and App Store now have more than 4 million apps, as as of the third quarter of 2020, users of the Android operating system have been able to choose between 2.87 million applications, making Google Play app store with the largest number of applications available.

While the August Store came in second place with nearly 1.96 million apps available to iOS users, and while the exact number of apps may change at any time because Apple and Google regularly remove low-quality content from their app stores, the number of apps has steadily increased over the years.

Some apps also emerged strongly in 2020, with headlines mainly and more controversial, with some making headlines almost throughout 2020, while some remain controversial to date.

Harvest 2020.. The most controversial apps in the App Store and Google Play:

 1- Google Photos:


For years, Google Photos has supported the feature of uploading photos and videos in your phone and storing them in google cloud service completely and without limits, and has allowed users of Google Pixel phones to download full-resolution photos and videos for free as well, as one of the advantages of owning a phone from Google.

However, Google has announced the termination of the unlimited backup feature in the Google Photos application during 2020, and will be permanently suspended on June 1 this year, and this will include phones (Pixel) as well, where the capacity used to save images in the application will be calculated within the free storage space available to you in the Google account of 15 GB.

With the possibility of upgrading to a paid plan, this feature has been very great for many users, and although there are alternatives you can use, none are easy to use such as Google Photos.

2. Coronavirus exposure notification API:


The Corona pandemic spread strongly to the beginning of 2020, and continues to this day, and has affected almost all aspects of life, prompting Both Apple and Google to work together and develop a new technology to track contacts in smartphones, in order to slow the spread of covid-19 virus by allowing mobile devices to share information via Bluetooth communications, to alert people when they are close to someone who has been infected with the virus.

The initial version of the technology was launched on May 20th, and authorities in 23 countries across five continents announced that they had sought access to the technology. But this technology was greeted with greater skepticism and concerns, particularly with regard to the privacy violation, because it was able to track people and tell others who i was in contact with, prompting the two companies to allay those concerns in one way or another by offering a set of rules.

The worst part, however, is how long it took governments to roll out applications that use the API developed by the two companies to create applications that help track the spread of the virus, many states in the United States have not used them, and many regions around the world have not created any applicationeither, and in places where the applications are located, not many people have used them.

By the end of the previous year, the number of cases around the year was still increasing significantly, so this effort may have been somewhat late, especially since vaccines are already emerging.

3. Zoom app and security issues:


When governments began to impose closures around the world to curb the spread of THE CORONAvirus, the demand for video conferencing applications became very intense, and Zoom has emerged strongly in this area and arguably has already won, becoming a key application for many groups to communicate, such as companies, schools and even individuals.

However, it initially emerged that the app was not ready for this heavy demand rate, as it saw many security vulnerabilities that were controversial, and the introduction of a feature (end-to-end encryption) came too late as well as a host of other security issues.

With the app taking many security measures in the end, it took a long time to get to this point, where the company had more than 500,000 hacked accounts and filed some lawsuits against it, yet the app was able to reach more than 300 million people who use it to conduct meetings through it daily by the end of 2020.

TikTok  :

The United States entered into a major trade war with China, the result of which in 2019 was a ban on the use of Chinese company Huawei for U.S. corporate services, and in the previous year 2020 the U.S. government entered a legal battle that continues to this day to ban the application of TikTok short videos.

It all started with some privacy concerns, with the U.S. government concerned that app-owned by ByteDance would hand over sensitive U.S. data to the Chinese government while blocking the app in many countries due to unethical content and other concerns.

In order to avoid the U.S. ban, talks have emerged to sell the app to a U.S. company, including Microsoft, but the company eventually looked into a partnership with Oracle so that it can continue to operate in the United States, yet the U.S. government is still stepping up its fight against the app to ban it completely in the country.

The disappearance of Chinese applications from the Indian market:

As a result of the problems that broke out between China and India, the Indian government banned many Chinese apps from the Google Play Store and App Store in India and included some popular apps, such as UC, WeChat, TikTok, and ES File Explorer.

It was followed by the prohibition of other applications amounting to 117 at once, including: the popular gaming app PUBG, and the Indian government is expected to add more Chinese applications to this list in 2021, which will be the biggest blow to Chinese applications, as India has become a key market for many companies to expand relative to the very high rate of smartphone use.

6. The U.S. Commerce Commission is closing the door on technology companies:

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a request for several major technology companies to disclose how they use user data, including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Reddit and many others.

The move is the latest move by federal regulators to pressure technology companies to try to monitor their activities, so this investigation could be a big deal because all of these companies are competing with each other, and a lot of things may change with them in the coming years.

7- Google bans the largest batch of apps in the history of Google Play Store:

Google periodically blocks many apps in the Google Play Store, however in 2020 the company has made the largest mass blocking of apps up to 600 apps at once, and the reason that these apps do not actually offer any benefit to end users and because they exist only to display as many ads as possible.

Among these applications are more than 40 of Cheetah Mobile's Chinese apps, and most of the app deleted from the app are from developers from China, India, and Singapore, most of which were intended for English-speaking users.

8- Epic Games clash with Google and Apple:

Video game maker Epic Games, the developer of the popular Fortnite game, has incorporated its payment system into its app store, App Store and Google Play, in clear violation of the store's policies, and as a result the two companies have deleted the app from their stores.

But Epic Games escalated the matter directly, filing a lawsuit against the two companies accusing it of engaging in monopolistic practices, accompanied by a huge media campaign previously prepared, and united with many other companies, such as: Microsoft, Spotify, Tile, Match Group, Deezer, Qobuz and many other companies, and the clash continues to this day.