There’s also the challenge of finding the app. It had vanished from Huawei’s Android app store as of October 10th, and a website TechCrunch linked was down as we wrote this. It’s not certain what prompted these moves, but it wouldn’t be shocking if even that peek past the usual censorship was too much for officials.
There could be consequences either way. The developer, Shanghai Fengxuan Information Technology Co., is 70 percent owned by a subsidiary of Chinese security firm Qihoo 360. Whether or not Qihoo greenlit the app, it could face questions if the government didn’t approve the release.