Over the years Google’s heavy hand has caused a number of devs to jump ship or have their apps disappear from the Play Store. In some cases the apps are no longer updated as some devs will not abide by new policies.
But even back in the day there were many examples of headache and heartache with apps being pulled for lame arbitrary reasons. Android Tuner because it used the word “Android”. Since renamed to 3C Toolbox. Titanium Backup because their website had rooting information. I remember I was livid when that happened. Since when does Google’s hand reach out to external website content?!
Later, the removal of SMS sending/access capabilities for any app that wasn’t explicitly an SMS app or backup utility (a few that had to change were T-UI launcher, KWGT widget maker, Titanium Backup, etc.). Then of course the forced targeting of apps to SDK 29 (Android 10) or risk removal.
These, and other reasons, are why I’m an apk archivist. I have and use apps that are no longer available. Some are still useful but nowhere to be found at the Play Store or other sources. Also to be able to roll back if newer apps no longer function as freely as a pre-Q targeted app.
As far as Android in general, my interest started to wane after Lollipop. The less control I have the less interest I have. Almost the same as Windows. If I were still regularly on the platform I’d consider Windows XP the end-all be-all as I had almost full control over what I could do with it. So much so that my primary OS at the time (Slackware Linux) was pushed aside due to all the fun, development, and tweaking I could do on it. NT 6+ (Vista and higher) pretty much killed that.
Anyway, a couple of fairly recent examples of cutting ties with Google.
Termux and Android 10 - no more updates via GPlay
Nekogram-X/NekoX - screw Google’s hypocrisy
On their “previous post” mentioned in the article, they erroneously mentioned API 29 is Pie but it’s Q.
FTR, I had since replaced my Telegram installations with NekoX because of some feature reasons. Not because of any political or philosophical reasons.