Google has published a new version of rules for Android-applications’ developers, according to which several new categories of programs fall under the ban, including applications for bitcoin mining and other cryptocurrencies.
"We don't allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency," Google said in its updated Google Play policy centre document.
In June, a similar step was taken by Apple, removing from its App Store not only applications for the cryptocurrency but also programs that offer digital currency in exchange for the execution of tasks, for example, posting publications in social networks. At the same time, the ban did not touch on applications related to cloud mining.
Among other banned applications are the ones that help in the purchase or manufacture of explosives, firearms, and ammunition. Google also took care of children - now programs that attract little users but contain adult content are prohibited. The good news is that applications with the dominance of advertising fell under the ban, where for any user’s action the program displays pop-ups, as well as the category of software that deliberately misleads users.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
1. At the moment there are many programs for mining crypto on smartphones in the Play Store, but in the near future, they will be removed. It is noteworthy that applications for managing the mining farms will remain in store.
2. Note that in April, Google removed all the extensions designed for mining crypto via Chrome browser from the Web Store.