A month ago, the search giant Google has updated its Play Store policy by banning all the apps involved in cryptocurrency mining together with low quality and low effort applications. The ad content, including Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), criptovalute exchange, criptovalute wallet and cryptocurrency, were also included in the blacklist. The move was aimed at reducing the apps that secretly extract coins against the background of the devices. The company has granted developers a month to comply with Google's modified service terms or be removed from the Play Store.
However, about two weeks ago, it turned out that despite the ban, many apps with mining capabilities on the device are still live on the Play Store. Also, there was an app that even managed to launch it on the Play Store after the announcement. According to Google, this should not have happened, that's why the app was soon removed from the platform.
Apps like MinerGate, AA Miner, and Free BCH Miner have also been removed as they have failed to comply with Google's updated terms. It is interesting to note that MinerGate claimed to have re-released an earlier version and that the latest version of its app has been removed from its device mining functions in order to comply with Google's updated terms:
"Mining on the phone was directly among the main features of the MinerGate app before the latest changes to Google Play Development policies.With the latest update, we are removing this feature to meet the updated requirements. "
Among the apps that remain on the Play Store there are NeoNeonMiner, Crypto Miner PRO, Pickaxe Miner, Pocket Miner and Bitcoin Miner. The latter claims to have modified its offer to comply with the new terms.
The new terms introduced by Google do not prohibit anything to do with cryptography; it's just mining on the device that's forbidden. Nothing has changed for official apps from cryptographic exchanges, as well as apps that allow you to monitor mining on another device. Other developers are trying to find alternative ways to bypass Google's ban and deploy apps with device-based mining capabilities.
Google's ban came after Apple introduced similar restrictions to its app store. These restrictions can protect smartphone users by warning that if they download and install apps from third parties, they may also install malware or other illegitimate scripts on their smartphone without even realizing it.