Reports are coming in all over the web of Google “playing evil” and taking down yet another emulator’s developers account down. Yong Zhang is the latest in what is now a long line of developers who upload emulators into the Android market to not only have his application taken out of the market but also his developers account closed without prior knowledge.
His claim to “fame” would be the he produced Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid and Gameboid. All of which needed users to download games off the net in something called an ISO and loaded up on the SD Card to run on your phone.
This isn’t the first time Google has done this either. Just last month they pulled two more of these types of applications off the market due to Sega contacting them about doing so. What most users don’t get about this and why they are now saying Google is just like Apple and not being “open”. Is that 99% of the users will illegally download the games off the internet and play on the phone. Yes there will be one or two people saying no I actually have a hard copy of these games, but you take out of 100 people maybe 5 people of that if you are lucky and you can see why Google did this.
Even stated in the agreement users have when they sign up for an Android developers account states:
Intellectual Property: Don’t infringe on the intellectual property rights of others, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, and other proprietary rights. We will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. For more information or to file a DMCA request, please visit our copyright procedures.
which Emulators do. Also in the agreement it says,
(a) violates the intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third party; (b) violates any applicable law or is subject to an injunction
which once again these Emulators do as well. So why most of the users are not furious with Google, as well as Apple fanboys shouting, “see Google isn’t open”. Please be aware that in place are measures so illegal content, which this is, is taken down. the fact it has even been up this long actually looks bad on Googles behalf for allowing such applications to stay in the market knowing that its against the terms of agreement all developers have to agree to prior to getting an account.
Yes I understand and feel bad for the users who paid their hard earn money for these emulators its not something Google should repay but the developer for even taking your money to begin with knowing their actions were and are illegal. However the only one’s that’ll end up looking bad in this situation is Google for doing the right thing.
However if he did indeed wanted to continue with supporting his applications the power of Android allows for sideloading applications. Which means he could have his own website where he either sells the application there, or post it for free with a donation link.
This is my opinion that while Google may look evil they actually did the right thing… Whats your take on it? Leave your comments below.