My location tracking app Hermes has been removed from Play Store by Google. This is the email which I got.
Essentially, the donate to paypal option is what rankled Google, since they were not getting their share. I wanted to simply repost the app with that option removed, but google doesn’t leave with me with that choice, instead they wanted to upload the app with new package name which is quite a work.
At this point, I have no plans of releasing Hermes again. I plan to develop a completely new version of Hermes with a public API and which will not depend upon SMS service.
This is a notification that your application, Hermes, with package ID in.co.madhur.mapmylocation, has been removed from the Google Play Store.
REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the paid and free provision of the Content Policy and section 3.3 of the Developer Distribution Agreement.
All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible > termination of related Google accounts. If your account is terminated, payments will cease and Google may recover the proceeds of any past sales and/or the cost of > any associated fees (such as chargebacks and transaction fees) from you.
If your developer account is still in good standing, you may revise and upload a policy compliant version of your application as a new package name. Before > uploading any new applications, please review the Developer Distribution Agreement and Content Policy.
If you feel we have made this determination in error, you can visit the Google Play Help Center article for additional information regarding this removal.
The Google Play Team