Google’s new updates ban cryptocurrency mining apps on Play Store
The new updates on Google again hit the crypto headlines due to its ban on cryptocurrency mining apps on Play Store. Play Store, the pre-installed Android based app, will no longer feature crypto mining apps for the crypto enthusiasts. The developer policies of Google Play Store have completely prohibited the cryptocurrency mining apps which supposedly feature disruptive ads.
Amidst this stringent measure, the company has still considered giving permission to those apps which focus on remotely handling crypto mining. Android’s digital distribution services has previously released update that led to the banning of all apps pertaining to fake ID.
Google has recently declared a rigid policy that would be delisting all the Android apps engaged in crypto mining operations. In such cases, these Android based apps leverage GPU or CPU of a device to conduct the mining activity. The developers who faced the brunt of the latest updates by deleting their apps from Google Play Store have expressed opinions on social sites.
The Social Media Posts
The troubled developers have used social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit to voice out their opinion on the current regulatory policies. On Reddit, an individual named E7ernal has commented, “It’s probably people largely trying to couple mining something CPU minable (or maybe they figured out how to use the phone’s GPU? Doubt it.) with a real product, but not being that upfront about it. Seems stupid regardless.” Another Redditor called Tritonio questioned, “But wouldn’t that be classified as malware and thus be already banned from the store?”
On Reddit, a user called Dhanson865 pointed out the distinction between the ban on cryptocurrency imposed by Apple and now by Google. Dhanson865 posted, “At least android phones can sideload APKs. It’s not like being banned from the Apple app store.” On Twitter, a user, namely, Geoff5093 posted, “ These apps are pointless anyways. Even a high-end gaming PC with a 1080 Ti gets maybe $1.50 a day right now. A mobile phone would get pennies.”
However, the final clarification that Google has given stated, “The only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those that mine outside of the device, like cloud-based mining.” In the initial phase of 2018, Chrome Web Store has imposed a ban on the digital currency mining extensions. Currently, on Play Store few mining apps are available namely MinerGAte, NeoNeonMiner and Crypto Miner.
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