We’ve known for some time that Google doesn’t hesitate to remove apps from the Market that violate the distribution terms that developers agree to. Tonight, we’ve learned of another instance: the developer of EliteBomb and EliteBomb Plus, who openly describes the app as “the first SMS spammer to offer the ability to send unlimited text messages,” reports that Google has removed his apps from the Market and suspended his developer account.
Mr. Taylor appealed Google’s decision, noting that:
In addition to the applications that infringe upon your terms of service, I had many ‘legitimate’ applications listed that cause no harm to any devices or networks, or infringe on your terms of service in any way.
While it’s a shame that the Market also loses Taylor’s other, innocuous apps, I find it hard to sympathize with him. Certainly, if you know your app violates the Market’s terms, it’d be wise to find another way to distribute it in the first place. In the case of the EliteBomb apps, I don’t think the Android community has suffered any great loss regardless.