Google Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps on its Mobile App Store


Google bans cryptocurrency mining apps on its mobile app store, thus following Apple’s lead. In addition, earlier this April, Google has banned cryptocurrency mining browser extensions from its Chrome web store. What is next?

30 July, AtoZ Markets – Google has reportedly moved to ban cryptocurrency mining applications from its mobile app store. 

Google Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps on its Mobile App Store

As per the report from one of the industry media outlets, Google has announced that it plans to change its stance in the recent policy update for Google Play developers. The policy reads, according to online reports:

“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.”

The limitation emerges at a time when Apple and Google are attempting to restrict cryptocurrency mining-related activities on their platforms. 

Google Cryptocurrency Mining Browser Extensions

Back in April, Google has banned cryptocurrency mining browser extensions from its Chrome web store. That decision appeared following the company discovering a “vast majority” of extensions failing to comply with its single purpose policy. 

According to Google, some of them were malicious, as well. Google has earlier allowed Chrome mining extensions, considering the condition that they were dedicated to mining. They also needed to explicitly inform users of their purpose. However, that policy was not sufficient to sort out the non-compliant addons. Google’s extensions platform product manager, James Wagner, has stated:

“The key to maintaining a healthy extensions ecosystem is to keep the platform open and flexible. This empowers our developers to build creative and innovative customizations for Chrome browser users. This is why we chose to defer banning extensions with crypto mining scripts until it became clear that the vast majority of mining extensions submitted for review failed to comply with our single purpose policy or were malicious.”

Some of the forums from the Chromium Projects state that developers have been expressing concerns about mining extensions since last year’s fall.

Earlier this June, Apple has updated its mobile application policy in regards to the use of applications that can be utilized for mining cryptocurrencies on mobile devices.

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