Google Play Store Still Offers Crypto Mining Apps Despite Recent Ban
JSEcoin, a British blockchain startup, recently announced its successful launch on the Play Store despite offering browser-based mining solutions as an app alternative to advertising. The app went live with a function that allowed users to manage their mining efforts remotely, or directly from the device, even though the service goes against Google’s new policy.
According to a statement provided to The Next Web by John Sim, JSEcoin co-founder and chief technology officer, the JSEcoin team attempted to confirm that it was not violating the Google Play Store policy.
We have additionally reached out to the Google Support team to confirm if we are allowed to allow our users to mine our tokens via our official app – as we are aware of their restriction policy.
The Next Web then reached out to a Google spokesperson who stated, “We regularly update our developer policies, in accordance with current best-practices, to maintain a safe and positive experience for developers and consumers on Google Play.” Shortly after, JSEcoin was removed from the Play Store following citations of violating terms of service.
Google has proved to be relatively inconsistent regarding the enforcement of their terms of service given what they have let through the cracks following the removal of JSEcoin. Sim noted that even an unofficial JSEcoin Mining app was discovered following the removal of the original.
One of the various other functional mining apps found on the Play Store is MinerGate, which currently contains over one million downloads, and has been live for over a year. The app allows users to mine altcoins on the go, and currently houses more than 8,000 reviews that range from praise to claims of rampant fraud.
Regardless of Google’s lack of enforcement, it’s clear that mining apps will be a prevalent feature whether it’s on the Play Store or elsewhere, despite the harmful complications it may bring to a mobile phone’s hardware.
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