WSATools Creator Explains Why APK Side Loader Removed From Microsoft Store

Simone Franco, the developer who created WSATools, explained on his blog why his app was removed by Microsoft from the latter’s Store. For those who don’t know, WSATools is a third-party app that helps users load Android apps on Windows 11 without going into the delicate process of using the Android Debug Bridge command line tool method (adb ).

There was a bit of heckling around this issue as Microsoft apparently removed the app from the Microsoft Store but provided “no explanation” for the reason for the removal. However, the company later “apologized” to the developer in a follow-up mail it sent and also explained the reasons for the removal.

Franco had already said earlier that the reasons were indeed “legitimate” and has since decided to share them on his blog.

It turned out that Franco had slyly released the app to the Microsoft Store (which is why it was available privately) after failing the initial Microsoft certification verification process. However, the application was detected by the Automatic Certification Checker during the update to WSATools 0.1.56. That’s why it was taken out the second time around, he believes.

From what I understand, WSATools had one of these automatic certification checks the day after update 0.1.56, and it was removed

Additionally, Franco says Microsoft is also not very excited about the name “WSATools” itself, because WSA or Windows Subsystem for Android is official terminology.

WSATools has … WSA. Microsoft doesn’t like it, even though “WSA” is not a registered trademark, but I understand why. They don’t want the app to be believed or misunderstood as official.

Microsoft has suggested that the name of the application be changed or that it be made clear that WSATools has nothing to do with Microsoft itself. Once done, Franco says the app will be publicly available on the Microsoft Store next year. For now, the app can be downloaded via this link.

Interestingly, the blog mentions “two rules” that were broken, but seems to only talk about the WSATools nomenclature issue after that. This is the “second rule” in Franco’s own words.

We have contacted the developer for clarification on this and will update the post once we have more information.

Source: Simone Franco’s blog

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