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Google puts the kibosh on cryptocurrency apps in Play Store

Google has banned crypto mining apps from the Play Store. (Source: Google)
Google has banned crypto mining apps from the Play Store. (Source: Google)
Google has axed all cryptocurrency mining apps from the Google Play Store. Its updated developer policies have also banned that facilitate the sale of weapons and apps that appeal to children, but contain adult content.
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Google has updated its developer policies to ban on device cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store. Still permitted, however, are apps that allow users to remotely manage their cryptocurrency mining activities, or apps the enable cloud-based cryptocurrency mining. Apple has also instituted similar policies as the apps can stress hardware to the point that they lead to component failures.

The new policies also ban a number of different app classes. These include repetitive apps that clone or deliver virtually identical user experiences as other apps on the store, particularly if they don't add unique features. Apps that have been generated by automated tools, wizard services and based on templates have also been kiboshed.

The Mountain View company has also barred apps that appeal to children, but contain adult content. Also banned are apps containing adult content of any description. This includes apps promoting escort services or "be interpreted as providing sexual acts in exchange for compensation. Apps promoting hate speech, or are discriminatory, promote violence, terrorist content, or facilitate the sales of firearms are also on Google's hit list.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-07-28 (Update: 2018-07-28)