Google has a policy of constantly updating its app store in order to ensure quality.
Recently, the company announced that it would no longer be supporting cryptocurrency mining application on its Play Store. According to the news portal Android Police, Google said, “There are countless miner apps already available, including MinerGate, Crypto Miner, and NeoNeonMiner. Crypto mining extensions were barred from the Chrome Web Store earlier this year, including ones where mining was the sole purpose.”
“Next, applications that “facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories” are now banned. This includes apps that provide instructions for users to make their own guns/ammunition/accessories, or to convert a weapon to be semi-automatic/automatic.”
The Play Store also reportedly stated there is a ban on repetitive content which Google described as “multiple apps with highly similar content and user experience,” or “apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons.”
Earlier in April, Google had put out an announcement stating that it would be banning cryptocurrencies sometime in late June. On the occasion, the company had said, “Until now, Chrome Web Store policy has permitted cryptocurrency mining in extensions as long as it is the extension’s single purpose, and the user is adequately informed about the mining behavior. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all extensions with mining scripts that developers have attempted to upload to Chrome Web Store have failed to comply with these policies, and have been either rejected or removed from the store.”
It had added, “Starting today, Chrome Web Store will no longer accept extensions that mine cryptocurrency. Existing extensions that mine cryptocurrency will be delisted from the Chrome Web Store in late June. Extensions with blockchain-related purposes other than mining will continue to be permitted in the Web Store.”
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