Over the past 12 hours, Google has removed three large cryptocurrency wallets from its Google Play store. While the company did not bother to disclose the reason for its decision, Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver associates it with new rules that do not permit the placement of applications that can be used for cryptocurrency mining.
In addition to Bitcoin Wallet, CoPay and BitPay applications have been removed, writes TheNextWeb. It is noteworthy that none of these applications can be used for cryptocurrency mining and does not state the existence of such functions in its descriptions.
Ver says that Google probably mistakenly noted these applications as mobile miners, which according to the new edition of the Google Play policies are strictly prohibited.
“Google informed us that they no longer permit the publication of cryptocurrency applications for mining,” Ver wrote. “I do not know how they came up with the idea that our application could be a miner.”
By now, the Bitcoin.com wallet has returned to Google Play, and BitPay developers have indicated that their application will be available soon.
All three applications use a similar code base. CoPay is the oldest of them, and Bitcoin Wallet is his fork. CoPay developed the application for BitPay, which in many respects resembles the original, but differs in its extended functionality.
Android users have downloaded and installed BitPay and CoPay more than 100,000 times each. Bitcoin Wallet has over 1 million downloads. All three wallets support Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.