October 25, 2014

TetherGate Continues - Google Responds

nixonIt didn’t take long to get a response from Google in the saga involving tethered apps being pulled from the Android Market.  After going pretty much viral two days ago, the search giant updates the situation with the following:

We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application.

Did ya see that?  Google just straight up said they can, and will, filter out apps based on which provider you have.

While it’s nice to see Google step up to the plate and admit what happened, we’d really like to see what happens in the long run.  Unfortunately, it looks like the US might be looking at carrier specific results in the Android Market.  This would be one giant step back in terms of how open things truly are.  Who wants to consider the terms of service before choosing mobile providers?  “Hmmm, T-Mobile provides better rates, but Sprint offers more of the types of apps I want to use.

On a more positive side of things, if a developer plays their cards right, they could still manage to get their name and app out there.  Heck, they might still be able to turn a buck or two.

In the meanwhile, don’t forget you can also get PdaNet’s tethering app directly from their website.  Not only is it free, but you don’t need root access either.