- Tapatalk, an Android app for navigating forums, has been removed from the Play Store.
- The app remains functional for those who use it, but the VIP subscriptions are not available.
- The social media accounts of Tapatalk have been inactive for months.
Tapatalk, an Android app that allows users to navigate, read and access through various web forums on their phones, has been removed from the Google Play Store. Though web forums are no longer that popular after Reddit and social media apps took over some of the functionality they used to offer, Tapatalk was used by millions of people because it allowed phone users to access many web forums directly from the app.
Users of the app noticed its absence from the Play Store on Thursday. Though it seems that Tapatalk disappeared sometime earlier this week. While the app remains functional for anyone who downloaded it, VIP subscriptions are now unavailable, since they relied on Google Play in-app billing.
The social media accounts of Tapatalk have been rather silent in recent times. The Twitter account has not seen any post or update since April 2020, while the Facebook page has been inactive for over a year. However, an admin on Tapatalk's own forums did confirm that Google removed the app. "We are working with Google Play to find out what the problem is," the admin wrote, "please stay tuned for an update."
The exact reason for the app's removal is not clear right now. Google, of late, has removed several applications for different reasons. Podcast Addict was briefly removed in May because it could be used to play podcasts about COVID-19, Slide for Reddit was pulled because a single screenshot had the word "ISIS" in it, and Tasker was unavailable for a short time due to an error in Google's automated review process.
At the same time, there are some apps that have been removed from the Play because they don't play by the nice rules set by Google. For example, earlier this week Google removed three apps that were secretly collecting data from phones used by kids.
Though it is unlikely that Tapatalk was removed because it was indulged in something shady.
Forums used to be popular among tech-savvy internet users in the late 90s and early 2000s. But the arrival of smartphones changed that. The problem with forums on a mobile platform is simple: forums viewed on Chrome browser in a phone are not only hard to navigate, they're often impossible to read. This is the problem Tapatalk aims to resolve. Tapatalk was an incredibly popular Android app in years past, as it provided an easy way to access thousands of web forums through a single application, in an era when many websites had limited mobile layouts. The app still maintains a loyal following.