July 28th, 2018
Crypto-mining Apps Banned from Google’s Play Store
In its latest update to the Play Store Development policies, the Mountain View tech giant included an explanatory section that states as follows: “We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.”
The move follows its previous ban on cryptocurrency mining extensions from its Chrome Web Store. Just like in the case of Apple’s policy update regarding cryptocurrency back in June, Google’s policy doesn’t fully exclude crypto-mining.
“We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency,” the policy update stipulates. This means that the only mining apps allowed will be ones that mine outside of the device, namely cloud-based mining apps.
It’s almost common knowledge that crypto mining is a resource-extensive procedure which usually requires a lot of computational power. By banning cryptocurrency mining apps from its store, Google is presumably aiming to protect the phones of all Android users. This way, the giant ensures that Android phones won’t be used inefficiently and, hence, their lifetime won’t be reduced by a large margin.
Besides crypto-mining apps, the policy update states that all applications that “appeal to children but contain adult themes” will not be allowed in Google’s Play Store. This measures comes after the infamous Elsagate incident on YouTube.
Not surprising, anything that hints at child pornography will be banned as well. “Apps that include content that sexualizes minors are subject to immediate removal from the Store,” the policy reads.
The list of banned content includes apps that “facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.” This means that any type of app that instructs users how to make firearms or even modify firearms to be more efficient will also be banned.
Last on Google’s list are apps that attempt to impersonate persons or organizations, as well as apps that encourage violence or self-harm.