Looks like a nastier-than-usual hiccup has hit the Android market this morning. Several developers are reporting on Google’s support forums that all of their apps have been unpublished without warning and without apparent just cause. I can’t confirm or deny the claims that these apps have not violated the TOS in any way considering the app makers didn’t disclose which ones they were responsible for.
Look no further than here, here, and here to see but a few of the complaints and a whole lot of confusion. One developer even insists Google once featured his app – which would lend credence to the fact that there has been an error. Was Google cleaning some spam up recently and accidentally removed the wrong apps? Is it just a hiccup that’ll be resolved shortly? Or is something else going on here?
Google has yet to respond to any of the threads at their support site, but it’s still early in the AM so we’ll give them a bit of time. For both users and developers, I hope whatever’s going on gets situated soon enough. [Thanks, David!]