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3C Toolbox Pro suspended from Play Store

On October 6th, 2015, 3C Toolbox Pro has been suspended from Play Store because of violation of spam provisions (app description). I appealed the decision, but didn't expected much from it as the process is said to be entirely automated.


Here is an extract from the notification from Google Play, no prior warning: you may revise and upload a policy compliant version of this application as a new package name.

On October 6th, 2015, I published an updated revision of the app under a new package name (as required by above notification).
On October 8th, 2015, Google reinstated the app on Google Play, so I unpublished the updated revision.

You can find the original description here and the new description submitted for approval here.

The app description violated 2 Play Store spam policies:

1) Do not engage in "keyword stuffing" by loading app descriptions with keywords out of context
Not sure what it referred to, probably the fact that the description was using too many technical terms using bullet lists.

2) Do not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata
3C Toolbox Pro combines the features of many top-100 paid apps like Titanium Backup, Greenify, BetterBatteryStats, App2SD, Seeder, ROM Toolbox Pro, SetCPU, System Panel, Root Explorer, Autorun Manager, Terminal Emulator, Script Editor, SD Booster, BuildProp Editor, ATK and many more

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FWIW, here is the automated email I received today (note the text highlighted in red giving me no choice), actual app description is posted below.

 

De : Google Play Support [mailto:googleplay-developer-support@google.com] 
Envoyé : mardi 6 octobre 2015 16:31
À : androtuner@gmail.com
Objet : Notification from Google Play

 

This is a notification that your application, 3C Toolbox Pro, with package ID ccc71.at, has been suspended from the Google Play Store.

REASON FOR SUSPENSION:Violation of the spam provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the keyword spam policy help article for more information.

  • Do not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata.
  • Do not engage in "keyword stuffing" by loading app descriptions with keywords out of context.
  • Your title and/or description must not attempt to leverage another popular product without permission.
  • Do not include user testimonials in your app description. They tend to be dubious and are frequently utilized to include references to popular search terms and competitor apps in violation of the policies outlined here. Let your users speak for themselves via Play's comment review system.

This particular app has been disabled as a policy strike. If your developer account is still in good standing, you may revise and upload a policy compliant version of this application as a new package name.

This notification also serves as notice for other apps in your catalog. You can avoid further app suspensions by immediately ensuring that no other apps in your catalog are in violation of (but not limited to) the above policy. Please also ensure your apps’ compliance with the Developer Distribution Agreement and Content Policy.

All violations are tracked. Additional suspensions of any nature may 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 you feel we have made this determination in error, you can visit this Google Play Help Center article.

The Google Play Team

 

 

 

We’re always looking for ways to improve. Please share your feedback on Play policy notification emails by completing this brief survey.

 

 

This email points out a sentence which states that the app combines other named apps, interestingly the app ROM Toolbox has a very similar description and has never been suspended for that:

"ROM Toolbox combines apps like Titanium Backup, ROM Manager, Root Explorer, SetCPU, MetaMorph, Autorun Manager, Terminal Emulator, Script Manager, SD Booster, BuildProp Editor, Font Installer, Boot Animation Installer & many more apps into an all-in-one app!"


De : googleplay-developer-support@google.com [mailto:googleplay-developer-support@google.com]
Envoyé : mercredi 7 octobre 2015 03:38
À : androtuner@gmail.com
Objet : RE: [7-4340000008838] Your appeal for reinstatement

 

Hello Andro,

 

Thank you for contacting the Google Play Team.

 

We’ve accepted your appeal and your app has been conditionally reinstated. For the app to appear on the Play Store, you’ll need to sign into your Developer Console and submit your app again. 

During review, we found that your app 3C Toolbox Pro (ccc71.at) violates the Spam provision of our Content Policy.

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Do not engage in "keyword stuffing" by loading app descriptions with keywords out of context.

 

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Do not use irrelevant, misleading, or excessive keywords in apps descriptions, titles, or metadata.

    • Your app description references/compares itself to other popular apps and or brands.
    • (3C Toolbox Pro combines the features of many top-100 paid apps like Titanium Backup, Greenify, BetterBatteryStats, App2SD, Seeder, ROM Toolbox Pro, SetCPU, System Panel, Root Explorer, Autorun Manager, Terminal Emulator, Script Editor, SD Booster, BuildProp Editor, ATK and many more.)

Please correct your app’s description and check all translations for spam violations.

For examples of how to use keywords in your app title and description, you can visit our Help Center:
https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/2985717

Before submitting your app again, make sure you’ve corrected all policy violations. For additional guidance, you can review these resources: 

Content Policy for Spam: 
https://play.google.com/about/developer-content-policy.html#spam

Google Play Developer Help Center: 
https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/113474

Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. 

Thanks for supporting Google Play!

 

Regards,

Bruce

 

The Google Play Team

App description as it appears on Play Store (taken from and identical to free version) is as follows (violation of the policy is highligthed in red):

 

3C Toolbox (aka Android Tuner Free) is the most comprehensive must-have toolbox for Android version 2.3 up-to L, running any ROM or kernel.

3C Toolbox combines the features of Battery Monitor Widget, System Tuner, 3C Toggles and more into one easy-to-use giant toolbox to control, monitor and optimize your Android devices.

3C Toolbox combines the features of many top-100 paid apps like Titanium Backup, Greenify, BetterBatteryStats, App2SD, Seeder, ROM Toolbox Pro, SetCPU, System Panel, Root Explorer, Autorun Manager, Terminal Emulator, Script Editor, SD Booster, BuildProp Editor, ATK and many more.

Permissions detailed: http://www.3c71.com/perms

☺ 3C Toolbox works best on rooted phones, works well on stock phones too

♦♦ 3C Toolbox feature set (some require root access, try free version first) ♦♦

► Pro-only features
Hide any tabs or any menu item
Edit main screen buttons up-to 4x6 grid
Multi/auto-select, sort apps in apps manager and (root) explorer
Auto backup updated apps
Recording items and options
Use force-stop in task manager and task-killer
New app installation notification/manage
Create multiple schedules, watchers and profiles
Automatic battery markers and manage multiple batteries
Notification shortcut to access any features from status notification
Extra widgets: 2x1 text, 2x1-5x2 graphic, 4x1-1x4 toggles and 4x4 summary
No Ads

► Special support 
Asus Transformer, Padfone, Inno D6000 and HP dual battery devices
LG Quick Circle (gauge or quick controls)
Edge support for Galaxy Edge devices

► Toolbox integration
Battery savings and performance optimization
Profiles to control CPU, IO and device states
Manage apps from anywhere

► Device manager *
Device profiles (CPU, IO, components)
Tasks scheduler (app management, clean-up, etc)
Device watchers to automatically activate a profile, run tasks or display alarms

► File explorer *
Batch copy/paste, zip, delete, move, share and stream files and folders
Change files/folders permissions, ownership and security context
Access all your Samba network shares

► Application manager *
Backup and verify app apk/data, sms and call-logs
System app uninstaller and update cleaner
Share apps by e-mail, DropBox, GDrive, etc...
Move any apps to user, system, SD or link2SD
Freeze/unfreeze apps, crystallize (eg hibernate/greenify) and control app startup and events
Zip align, clear cache, wipe dalvik-cache, fix permissions and optimize databases
Control app notifications, permissions, access, rotation, full-screen and force screen-on
Find apps draining your battery (statistics)

► Network manager
Set WiFi access point priority
Configure Android firewall, TCP Congestion, DNS *

► Task manager
Check CPU, network and memory usage
Kill or force-stop * any apps or kernel processes
Automatic task killer, memory booster, memory cleaner

► System Control *
CPU governor, frequency, voltage, GPU, thermal and MPDecision
Build.prop and sysctl editor
Boost, analyze and benchmark SD cards
Android memory manager, memory cleaner, SD directory binder
fsync, sweep2wake, gamma, sound, intelliplug and fast charge control

► System Monitoring
All Android applications or all processes, battery, CPU, network, memory
Component states (WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, Phone, APN) (PRO ONLY)

► Status bar notifications
Battery, cpu, memory, sd, temperature optionally with graphics in drop-down
Add battery remaining bar on top or bottom
Remove original battery icon (xposed required)

► Highly Configurable Widgets
Resizable gauge widget
1x1 text
1x1 toggle *

► System Switches (widgets or profiles)
GPS,WiFi localization,WiFi,BT,APN,NFC,Airplane,Tethering,Brightness,Screen time-out,Stay awake,Flashlight,Ringer,Vibrate,Synchro,Background data,Debug,Unknown sources,Reboot,etc

► Terminal Emulator & Script Editor
Run any scripts, optionally on boot
Share scripts, commands and outputs

► System Logcat and Kernel Reader *
Advanced filtering and search

* Requires root and kernel support for full feature

3C Toolbox is the must-have app for every Android user and every root user

3C Toolbox combines many features from other great apps into one giant toolbox with a modern and easy-to-use interface. 3C Toolbox has every tool you need to monitor, control and fine-tune all your Android devices. Save 25€ or $30 by getting 3C Toolbox instead of many disparate apps, details available here: http://www.3c71.com/what

To receive the fastest and most friendly support on Play Store, please send a support request from app settings, help and support mentioning your concerns. Over 85% of all users gave it a full 5 star review for a global rating of 4.8, very rare on Play Store! ★★★★★

Permissions detailed: http://www.3c71.com/perms

Works best on rooted phones, works well on stock phones too

Here are some of the features you will find in the app:

★ Special support for dual battery devices, LG Quick Circle and Samsung Edge notifications

★ Toolbox integration allows for battery savings and performance optimization, profiles to control CPU, IO and device states and managing apps from anywhere

★ Highly Configurable UI allows you to transform the app into something you really like

★ Device manager offers the most powerful profiles, task scheduling and device watchdog you can find to optimize performance and battery saving depending on your unique situation

★ File explorer* is a very simple, yet very powerful explorer that can use root, sort by dates, sizes and stream media files as well as update permissions, ownership and security context. Locally or from any Samba network share

★ Application manager* provides all features you’d expected from such and many more to secure, tune and optimize all apps on your device the way you want.

★ Battery manager* will help you identify apps draining your battery and improve your profiles using comparison statistics, as well as keep track of what actually happened over very long period of time

★ Network manager allows setting WiFi access point priority and configuring* Android firewall, TCP Congestion and DNS

★ Task manager offers a simple UI yet very effective in sorting apps by various usage and getting rid of unwanted apps

★ CPU manager* controls single to octacore CPUs, thermal, multi-core and most custom kernel settings

★ System manager* configures your device at the lowest level, from SD cards performance, memory boost and tweaking various hidden settings using build.prop and sysctl editors.

★ Monitoring and recording all applications activities and battery consumption, component states (connections, localization and phone). Also allows adding status bar notifications with graphics and removing original battery icon using Xposed framework

★ Highly Configurable Widgets are all resizable, from a simple gauge to more complex data display, component toggles, and historical graphics

★ System component switches in app, in widgets or using profiles allows switching on/off about 20+ device components (WiFi, Bluetooth, etc) manually or automatically

For advanced debugging/investigations:
★ Terminal Emulator & Script Editor allows sharing and running scripts optionally on boot
★ System Logcat and Kernel Reader* provides advanced filtering and search

* Requires root and kernel support for full feature

★ Pro-only features
Hide any tabs or any menu item
Edit main screen buttons up-to 4x6 grid
Multi/auto-select, sort apps in apps manager and (root) explorer
Auto backup updated apps and new app notification
Recording items and options
Use force-stop in task manager and task-killer
Create multiple schedules, watchers and profiles
Automatic battery markers and manage multiple batteries
Notification shortcut to access any features from status notification
Extra widgets: 2x1 text, 2x1-5x2 graphic, 4x1-1x4 toggles and 4x4 summary
No Ads



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