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Albert Vaca Cintora
KDE Connect has been removed from for violating their new policy on apps that access SMS [1]. The policy has an explicit exception for companion apps (like KDE Connect), but it was removed anyway and *there's no way to talk to Google*. 1/N [1]
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 19
Replying to @albertvaka
Google only provides one-way forms to contact them. I've filled the forms regarding this policy change (including one they sent to existing apps before the policy was effective) but never got an explanation to why KDE Connect doesn't qualify as a companion app. 2/N
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 19
Replying to @Google
There is simply no way to talk to a human being at . I bet this saves a lot in customer support. 3/N
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 19
Replying to @fdroidorg
I'm about to upload a version of KDE Connect to the Play Store with the SMS functionality removed. Those who want the full app, can still download it from F-Droid: Thanks ! 4/N
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 19
Replying to @GooglePlay
To make things better, the console gives me an internal error, so I can't upload the version without SMS support. Meanwhile, new users can't download KDE Connect. 👏 Good job Google.
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Marcin Juszkiewicz Mar 19
Replying to @albertvaka @GooglePlay
Did anything got improved when it comes to battery use? I removed KDE Connect about 2 months ago as it was listed as top battery user.
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 19
Replying to @haerwu @GooglePlay
We hopefully fixed that in version 1.11. If it happens again please write me an email directly.
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Albert Vaca Cintora Mar 21
Replying to @albertvaka
To close this thread, I want to say that KDE Connect finally got approved, and SMS support is back in version 1.12.4, both on the Play Store and F-Droid! Thanks everyone who spread the voice (this thread got half a million impressions on Twitter!) and helped make it happen :D
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