Update: The official TeamViewer Support Twitter account has now offered a statement on the removal of their Windows Phone app, saying, "The TeamViewer app should be back soon in the store. We apologize for any inconvenience caused."
Original story: Call it a trend or just many coincidences, but two more apps appear to have been removed from the Windows Phone Store over the last few weeks. The traditional PC and Mac remote viewing app TeamViewer and Opera Mini, an alternative web browser, are both no longer available to users.
TeamViewer is the odd one as they had a big re-launch of their version 10 software back in November. The company appeared to be quite eager to support Windows and Windows Phone, which makes their app removal quite odd.
We have made contact with the TeamViewer PR but have not yet received an answer for the app's disappearance (Store link).
Opera Mini Browser had been in beta since its release back in September. Over the next three months, the Opera Mini team released numerous updates to the app to improve the experience continually. The last update, however, was at the beginning of December. Now, the app is now longer published (Store link).
On January 26, the Opera Twitter account did re-affirm their support for Windows Phone when responding to various customers, including:
We should caution that neither company has publicly commented on the app removal, unlike Chase and Bank of America. This leaves some room for publishing errors, plans for beta update status to full release or more. On the other hand, Windows Phone users have seen a rash of app removals lately, like Urbanspoon, lending credence to the purposeful removal theory.
We will update this story as new information becomes available.
Thanks, Riez H., Hell_Patrol, Kristoffer K., and Vishal A., for the tips
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