Banned Kongregate Arcade app returns to Android Market

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Days after Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) removed gaming website Kongregate's Arcade mobile application from its Android Market, the browser-based gaming app is once again available for download from the storefront following some subtle but significant tweaks. Kongregate Arcade initially launched last week, giving Android smartphone users access to over 300 free Flash-based games--it disappeared within hours of its first Android Market appearance, with Google contending the solution was illicitly installing apps.

"The reason for the removal, and we didn't find out until after it was already gone, was that they claim you can't use their app store to distribute another app store--which is a reasonable restriction," Kongregate CEO Jim Greer said. "But to us, what's really bizarre, to call [Kongregate Arcade] an 'app store' seems like a pretty extreme stretch... It's a regular Android browser using WebKit. And WebKit loads the Flash file from the cache and you play the game in the browser, then you head back and you can play another game. So, it's all essentially cached content delivered in a browser, which to me is just bizarre that that would be considered an 'app store.'"

Joystiq reports that the resubmitted Kongregate Arcade no longer hides the browser's address bar, making it visible when the app first loads before transitioning to full-screen mode, which Greer says is "a standard feature of Flash." In addition, Kongregate Arcade will now leverage the standard browser cache to store its "offline" files instead of "explicitly downloading and managing games on the SD card." Greer adds that he hopes the tweaks "meet Google's requirement that we're not creating a competing app store while still creating a great gaming experience."

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