Google Bans Crytpo Miner Apps from Play Store

Jul 27, 2018 at 23:01

Google has banned all cryptocurrency miners from its Play store, the latest of the developer’s policy to throw out such programs in its system.

The rationale behind this can be owed to Google’s adopted measures to prevent its Android device users from downloading dubious apps. Some illegitimate crypto-mining apps program gadgets to defy external control and force them to mine out tokens. This then leads devices to a crash and later, irreparable damage.

“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” the new policy reads, as quoted by the TNW.

“We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.”

The move is subsequent to Google’s April 2018 decision to remove all extensions with cryptocurrency mining scripts from its Chrome web store.

The firm’s main rival, Apple, was the first to restrict crypto miners from its app store when it did so last June.

Apple, however, exempts some crypto apps such as those created by approved exchanges and for registered initial coin offerings.

On the contrary, Google will be implementing a hard-line stance as it does not save room to exclude any cypto miner from its new rule.