WhatsApp, one of many world’s hottest privacy-oriented messengers, has disappeared from Google Play — and no person is aware of why.
The rationale for its sudden vanishing stays unclear, however its sibling, WhatsApp for Enterprise, stays on Google’s software program distribution platform, as noticed by WhatsApp serial leaker WABetaInfo.
TNW has since then confirmed the app is now not accessible on the Play Retailer, in each the Netherlands and the UK.
Curiously, whereas it gained’t present up in search, WhatsApp remains to be accessible by means of its devoted Play Retailer page.
Regardless of the disappearance, WhatsApp appears to perform simply high quality for now.
For the file, you’ll be able to nonetheless get the app from third-party sources by downloading the APK. That, after all, opens a complete new can of worms and a complete lot of alternatives for hackers to distribute malicious cases of the Fb-owned privateness messenger.
The problem seems to be restricted to Android, and never affecting iOS customers. Within the meantime, it appears that evidently WhatsApp can be not accessible on third-party app shops, like Huawei‘s AppGallery and Samsung’s Galaxy Retailer. I’ll be trustworthy, although, I’ve by no means used both of those shops, so I wouldn’t even know if it was ever there within the first place.
We’ve reached out to Fb and Google for additional remark, and can replace this piece accordingly.
Till then, sit again, and take a look at to not obtain WhatsApp from sketchy websites.
Replace 12:15 UTC, October 11: A WhatsApp spokesperson contacted TNW to tell us the app is now again up on the Play Retailer. Sadly, the explanation for the quick absence stays unclear.
Nicely, at the very least it’s again up.
Professional-tip: you’ll need to restart (shut it and open it once more) the Google Play to get WhatsApp to point out up in search once more.