No More Crypto Mining Apps On Google Play Store
Google will join Apple in removing crypto mining apps from its App Store as part of its updated Google Play policy.
Google bans crypto mining apps
Until recently, Google Play Store has been one of the biggest platforms for downloading cryptocurrency mining apps and has definitely been one of the most trustworthy ones since Apple decided to ban them. Now, Google’s new policy update has eliminated these apps from the Play Store as well.
The Thursday report from Android Police, the industry’s media outlet, unveiled the new decision which came as part of the policy update made for the developers of Google Play. The policy said that App Store will only permit apps that are offering services like remotely managing crypto mining.
The ban is the newest effort from Google, as well as Apple, to restrict activities that relate in any way to the mining of cryptos through the use of their respective platforms. Previously, Google decided to ban browser extensions that were used for mining cryptos, which was done in April of this year. The decision to do this came after the discovery that the majority of the extensions did not comply with Google’s single-purpose policy. Additionally, many of these extensions were also discovered to be malicious.
Then, only a month ago, Apple released a new update for its policy regarding mobile apps. The policy was for iOS app developers, banning all apps created for mining cryptos via smartphones. These decisions were intended to limit criminal activities through the use of such apps.