Oh well! The free version of #Fedilab has been removed by Google.
I know people started to report it. But... Why the reason is for "payments policy violation"? I appealed for that but I will not re-upload anything for this version.
Don't forget to get it with #Fdroid: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/fr.gouv.etalab.mastodon/
or the version built from sources. Follow @mastalab for links to apk.
Strangely, the paid version is not *currently* affected.
Of course, I didn't get a reply yet. But, the free app always had links to donation platforms for months.
I suspect a strange move to keep only one app (the paid one) after reports. Though, I don't update the free version, it was a good way to know what Fedilab is and then go to Fdroid or to the paid version.
But if it's only about payments policy violation, I think it will be harder to shutdown the paid version that does respect everything on that point.
It seems to be the same reasons that I got with the paid app "links to paypal & liberapay". I removed them in the paid version with flavors but not for the free version.
"Alternative payment mechanisms to Google Play’s in-app billing service are only permitted if the products purchased are to be used outside of the app."
@ConnyDuck but at this time, they blocked an update and didn't remove the application from the store.
@falgn0n The free version is no longer maintained. It allows users to test it and then, they can get the up-to-date one with FDroid for free or pay a little amount to get the one which is up-to-date.
Yes, but it's the free version, it has been like that for months.
@fedilab I think you should go with the paid version at the playstore. Nobody should have a problem paying a few bucks for a goog and often updated app. All the others have the option to load the free version from fdroid.
@fedilab So I have the paid version from the Play Store. Should I delete it and switch to the fdroid version? I don't mind paying for it again there.
@gomez It's 100% free on Fdroid
But still worth supporting. 👍
@gomez No, strangely Google doesn't shut down the paid version.
@fedilab yeah I get that, but it's it better for either or both of us to switch to fdroid long term? I'm happy to stay with what I have but I'm just checking if there's any advantage one way or the other.
@gomez Fdroid is a guarantee for safe apps, because they build from sources and everyone can check.
For fedilab, as far as the paid version is not shut down, no need to move :) (Fdroid & Google are the same). You paid for it, and I won't stop to publish releases. I know that I am under pressure but I won't give up. I am only building tools for everyone.
@fedilab Dude you are doing a great job and it's a great app.
Thank you :)
It's due to donation links. The free app has less features because it's no longer updated.
@fedilab Huh, strange. Guess you would need to do in-app things if you want donations? 🤷
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