WhatsApp disappears from Google Play mysteriously
WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular privacy-oriented messengers, has disappeared from Google Play — and nobody knows why.
New Delhi: WhatsApp, one of the world's most popular privacy-oriented messengers, has disappeared from Google Play — and nobody knows why.
The reason for its sudden vanishing remains unclear, but its sibling, WhatsApp for Business, remains on Google's software distribution platform, as spotted by WhatsApp serial leaker WABetaInfo.
The technology news website TNW has since then confirmed the app is no longer available on the Play Store, in both the Netherlands and the UK.
Curiously, while it won't show up in search, WhatsApp is still available through its dedicated Play Store page. Despite the disappearance, WhatsApp seems to function just fine for now.
For the record, one can still get the app from third-party sources by downloading the APK. That, of course, opens a whole new can of worms and a whole lot of opportunities for hackers to distribute malicious instances of the Facebook-owned privacy messenger.
The issue appears to be limited to Android, and not affecting iOS users. In the meantime, it seems that WhatsApp is also not available on third-party app stores, like Huawei's AppGallery and Samsung's Galaxy Store.
A WhatsApp spokesperson contacted TNW to let us know the app is now back up on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the reason for the short absence remains unclear.