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Google Removes Cryptocurrency Wallets From Play Store

September 14, 2018 12:03
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In what will come as disappointment, Google removed three cryptocurrency apps from its play store, GooglePlay.

Although the reasons for this are not clear, Roger Ver, founder of Bitcoin Cash, is blaming the company for its policies on cryptomining. Over the past 12 hours, cryptocurrency wallets such as Bitcoin.com, CoPay and BitPay have been removed, The Next Web reported.

Commenting on that, Ver said, “Google told us that it was because they no longer allow crypto currency mining apps. I have no idea how they came under the impression that our wallet is a mining app.”

It should be noted that earlier Google had passed a policy stating that the company was no longer going to allow people to mine cryptocurrencies on its browser. In April, Playstore had stated in no uncertain terms that it would be stopping mining.

It 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.”

Elaborating it had said, “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.”

Although, at a glance, it may seem that all three cryptocurrency wallets are different but they have something in common. Bitcoin Wallet is a direct fork of CoPay. BitPay develops and releases both CoPay and BitPay apps, which are similar but the latter has more functions, the TNW further noted.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin wallet and BitPay wallet was back online.

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