Google removes three major crypto wallets from PlayStore overnight mysteriously.
Google is reported to have mysteriously removed 3 major crypto wallets from PlayStore overnight. The removal is considered “mysterious” as none of them are related to any crypto mining activities, which clearly infringed the company’s new crypto-related policy. The giant tech company also refused to make any comments on their move, as reported by The Next Web.
The three removed wallets are Bitcoin Wallet (managed by Bitcoin.com), CoPay, and BitPay, which as of reporting time, only Bitcoin Wallet has managed to go online again.
The reason of the removal that Google told Roger Ver, the CEO of Bitcoin.com, was due to they no longer allow cryptocurrency mining apps, on which Ver said, "I have no idea how they came under the impression that our wallet is a mining app."
Both CoPay and BitPay have been installed over 100,000 times, while Bitcoin Wallet claimed to have more than one million Android users. All of these wallets shared similar codes, with CoPay being the first, Bitcoin Wallet is the direct fork, and BitPay containing an added functionality.
Google can be considered to have a "love & hate relationship" with blockchain and cryptocurrency. The tech company has been very strict towards crypto mining apps, by removing them from the PlayStore, on the other hand, it’s just reported recently they just released a new plugin that will enable detailed analysis of ETH.