Bitpay, Bitcoin.com and Copay wallets removed from Google Play Store
The crypto-world was taken by storm on Thursday, when tech giant Google removed Bitpay from its Play Store. Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) investors use the payment services of Bitpay regularly, hence it comes as a surprise that their wallets could disappear without much regard.
Maintenance, minor bug cleanups or infrastructural upgrades were thought to be the reason for this temporary removal. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the issue and with no concrete response from either company, it is difficult to lay blame to a single party.
Bitpay has over 100,000 downloads on the app store and a significantly high level of customer satisfaction, averaging 4.5 stars, as can be seen in a cached version of Google. Customer confidence also runs high, with no reports of serious hacks or data leakages.
Bitpay has been a pioneer in offering services to merchants who would’ve otherwise disregarded cryptocurrencies. The wallet includes a slew of features such as the ability to purchase Amazon Giftcards, Coinbase integration, a Visa Card backed by the underlying cryptocurrency for its American customers, the partnership with Glidera, to secure the currency and the integration with the exchange Shapeshift.
After the news spread about Bitpay’s disappearance, the users of the “front page of the internet”, Reddit, began to investigate. The subreddit r/BTC revealed that Bitpay was not the only victim - Bitcoin.com wallet and Copay were also missing.
Roger Ver, an early crypto-investor and enthusiast, stated on Reddit that Google removed Bitcoin.com wallet as it may have been disturbing cryptocurrency mining apps. Bitcoin.com was later relisted and is currently available.
Conspiracy theories started to flood Reddit when a link was drawn between the three absconding wallets. Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) transactions were allowed on all three wallets and several users suggested this was a planned attack on these currencies.
The Play Store seems to be the only affected app store, as Bitpay remained available on other platforms. Users have confirmed that Bitpay seems to be working fine on devices that already have it installed.
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