Following the Google Ban, Crypto Mining Apps still on Play Store
The change in Google’s terms of service has unsettled the cryptocurrency mining applications on the Play Stores and forced them to either adhere to the guidelines or risk facing removal.
Back in July 2018, Google enforced a ban on applications that allowed mining cryptocurrencies on mobile devices. However, it recently came to light that some of these banned applications were still present on the Play Store, as reported by Next Web.
Google provided a 30-day grace period to these developers to adhere to the new terms. This window has now lapsed and the applications are still present on the store, an indication that the purge is still not complete.
According to Next Web, out of eight apps cited in their report, three have been removed – MinerGate, AA Miner, and Free BCH Miner. The ones still on the store are NeoNeonMiner, Crypto Miner PRO, Pickaxe Miner, and Pocket Miner, whereas Bitcoin Miner has established a change in terms to comply with the current standards.
MinerGate, which has over a million downloads on the Play Store, confirmed that in order to comply with the tech giant’s terms it had to withdraw the mining features from the app. Currently, the app is not available on the Play Store. MinerGate told Hardfork: “Mining on your phone directly was among the core features of the MinerGate app before the latest changes in Google Play Development policies. With the last update, we are removing this functionality to meet the updated requirements.”
Google Play Store was again caught in the mud, earlier this month, when it was reported to have hosted an Ethereum (ETH) scam application. A fraudulent app using the said digital currency was offered for the purchase price of $388, according to Lukas Stefano, a malware researcher from Slovakia. The scam entailed duping buyers, who mistook the application for actual Ethereum.
The regulations do not end there, in April Google disclosed that its premiere browser, Chrome Web will remove any mining extensions from the store, after “90 percent” did not adhere to the guidelines, as an effort to prevent “cryptojacking.”
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