Hi, my name is Michael Barton and I work with Pioneer Bible Translators East Africa Branch.
Last week 4 of our 15 SAB apps were suspended (updates weren’t rejected but previously approved apps were suspended) from the Google Play Store based on their repetitive content policy. Basically they said, “Please note that we don’t allow creating multiple apps with highly similar functionality, content, and user experience. If these apps are each small in content volume, developers should consider creating a single app that aggregates all the content.”
An appeal to these suspensions has already been rejected. Now I am preparing a longer response to their support team, but that is still in process.
In the coming weeks I will be trying the following:
- multiple book collections (i.e. at least one other translation in a different language).
- verse on image
- verse of the day
- redesigning app icons
- changing app names to begin with the language name instead of Biblia or similar words
- perhaps having a developer account for each language community would show higher ownership in the publication of their Scripture?
Has anyone else encountered suspensions like these? Did you find anything that worked? If I find things that work, I will post them on this thread for posterity.