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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by wmm, May 27, 2011.

  1. wmm

    wmm Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I've recently discovered and started using Boat Browser. Its treatment of tabs is nearly as convenient as Firefox, and it doesn't have the problems that Firefox does (low-resolution graphics, no Flash support).

    This morning when I opened Boat Browser I got a notification saying that "due to Android Market policy, Boat Brower [sic] Mini is removed from market temporarily." They said that they are seeking more information from Google.

    Naturally, this is worrisome. Does anyone have any additional information about what caused the removal?

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  2. Lennatron

    Lennatron Android Enthusiast

    I've noticed this also and I so find it quite worrisome. I'm considering uninstalling since it has all of my passwords/personal information stored.
  3. wayrad

    wayrad Android Expert

    This might shed some light on it: Boat Browser Mini v1.1.5

    Unfortunately the only thing I could get to load was the text version of a cached copy, so it looks strange.
  4. wmm

    wmm Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the link, but I don't think it actually does shed any light. The only mention of "malware" that I saw was asking for people to report ads on the ipmart site that pointed to shady sites and had nothing to do with boat browser. (Unless there was something in the thread that was linked to rather than shown.)
  5. sadielynn

    sadielynn Android Enthusiast

    Oh boy, I just stopped using this a week or so ago...glad I stopped, but I'm still worried
  6. Lennatron

    Lennatron Android Enthusiast

    I think it's best we all stop using it. I'm uninstalling it now.
  7. wmm

    wmm Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I wrote to the company asking about the reason for the removal. Here is their reply:

    I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself how plausible this statement is, but I thought I should pass it along.
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  8. 45droid

    45droid Newbie

    ^^Thanks for that. Really didn't want to uninstall this as it was quickly becoming my go to browser. I did clear all the saved data from it though...
  9. Lennatron

    Lennatron Android Enthusiast

    If it returns to the Market I'll consider using it again, but until then I sure won't be using it. These days you really do have to make a big deal over apps removed from the market, especially apps that store personal data, browsers you've entered your credit card number through . . .
  10. 45droid

    45droid Newbie

    For all the Boat Browser fans out there, a little more info to shed some... ahem... "light" on the subject:

    This is a post from the app's dev on the Android Market help forum.

    Also some speculation from someone at xda:
    More @ Link.

    At any rate, here is some of what the dev had in his description of the app when it was on the market:
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  11. MyNamesTooLong

    MyNamesTooLong Android Expert

    How many times did music junk and freedi get pulled...just saying
  12. 45droid

    45droid Newbie

    Just an update: BoatBrowser is back on the market.:D
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  13. wmm

    wmm Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm glad to see that; thanks for passing along that bit of news! I still like this the best of the browsers I have tried so far, and it's good to see them back in the market.

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