According to BBC , the Google Play Store has prohibited a children’s diabetes app from delivering alarm messages to parents.
Using the mobile software CamAps FX, parents can keep an eye on their kids’ health and determine whether they need insulin. Due to Google’s perception that texting is not a key function, the app was temporarily removed from the Play Store and prohibited for two years.
The app is now supported on Play Store, nevertheless. However, SMS messages must be sent independently and not through the app. The app also has a Bluetooth alert option, however it only functions with neighboring devices.
Advertisement Over 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes, and they must take insulin, according to the BBC. Currently, the parent business Camdiab pays a fee for each text message sent via cloud services. The SMS alert parents to their children’s blood sugar levels and let them know whether an insulin shot is necessary.
A CHILDREN’S DIABETES APP IS PROHIBITED BY GOOGLE FROM SENDING ALARM MESSAGES TO PARENTS No app is permitted to SMS users in accordance with Play Store policies. Of course, text message apps specifically designed for a device are an exception. Because of this, Android users could only obtain CamAps FX via the Amazon app store, which was barred from the Play Store. The app is restored, but it no longer has one of its key functions.
According to Professor Roman Hovorka of Cambridge University, who spoke to a BBC reporter, “we see people with a young child on the app frequently sending SMS to two, three, or four adults, to grandmas and others.”
Advertisement At Cambridge University, the app has been under development for fifteen years. It is one of the few apps that the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK (for both children and pregnant women) recommends.
Google and the parent business of CamAps FX are still at odds. Google must now decide whether to grant the app a special exception or stick to its app store policies.