“The developer of the open source e-mail client FairEmail has pulled all its applications from Google Play and announced that it will stop developing,” – says gHacks. The ad came shortly after the developer received an email from Google stating that they believe the program is spyware. From the report: FairEmail was a popular email client for Google’s Android operating system that could be used for free. It was secure for privacy, had no restrictions on email accounts that users could set up in the app, supported a single mailbox, chat, two-way sync, OpenPGP support and more. Marcel Bockhorst, the developer of the application, announced yesterday at XDA Developers about major changes in the project.

Earlier this week, Bokhorst received a policy violation email from Google stating that Google believes the FairEmail app was spyware. The full statement has not been released, but Bockhorst believes Google may have misinterpreted the use of favicons in the app. He re-sent a new version of the app that removed the use of favicons. The appeal he received in response “led to a standard response.” Although the content of the answer is unclear, it seems it was a general answer that Google Play Store developers have been disappointed with for a long time. Bohorst decided to pull the app and all its other apps from the Google Play Store. According to the information, the programs will no longer be supported and maintained.

Other factors played a role in Bohorst’s decision, including the mismatch between answers to thousands of support questions per month and app revenue, and the inability to do anything against unfair reviews in the Google Play Store. He thought about keeping apps on GitHub, but that would result in an audience loss of 98%. Google also recently forced the developer of Total Commander to remove the ability to install the APK from the file manager.

If you are looking for an alternate email client, gHacks recommends the open source K-9 Mail program.

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