Google’s removal of Mizuu from the Google Play store made a few things very clear to me:
- Upwards of 10,000 paying users no longer had access to Mizuu
- Availability is super important
- Open-sourcing the application is more important now than ever before
I appealed to the Google Play team, but my appeal was rejected and I was told that Mizuu would not be reinstated on the Google Play store. No explanation or anything like that – thumbs up on communicating, Google…!
The fact that Mizuu will not be reinstated means that I have a lot of users that no longer can access the application. I’ve even heard that Google have removed it from devices remotely. Starting today, you’ll be able to download the full, unrestricted version of Mizuu from this website – for free. You will also be able to download previous versions from Github – more on that in a second…
I plan on creating an altered version for Google Play in the future, which includes a filter for sexually explicit content. I’m not yet sure how I’ll implement it, but it’ll probably include blocking of titles including words like “porn” and “sex”. Sadly, this means that a number of legitimate titles will be blocked as well, including “Sex Drive” and “Zack and Miri make a Porno”, but I’m not sure how it’ll be possible to stay in the Play store otherwise.
The Play store version will be paid – just like the one that was removed. The only difference is that you’ll now be able to download it free of charge from this website as well, including any future updates. So… It’s free for those who don’t want to pay – and I’m afraid this is the best I can do for those of you who have already paid for it once. If you’re still not happy with this solution, I can offer a refund and point any blame in the direction of Google.
I’m happy to announce that Mizuu is now open-source under the Apache 2.0 license. You can find it at GitHub:
The GitHub repository includes the source code of the application as well as compiled versions from v2.3 to the current one, including beta versions.
I’ve been meaning to clean up various parts of the code before open-sourcing it, but the sudden removal of the application from Google Play means that I’ll be open-sourcing early, so you’ll have to do with some messy code in various parts of the code. At the moment, I’m using the same branch for development and release versions, so it’s a bit messy.
I’ll update the GitHub repository with more information in the future.