Google Removes Crypto Wallets From Play Store

News | September 14, 2018 By:

Internet giant Google has reportedly removed three major crypto wallets from its Play Store without any notice given to developers.

Among the delisted wallets were Bitcoin.com‘s Bitcoin Wallet, BitPay wallet, and the BitPay-owned CoPay wallet. According to reports, Bitcoin.com is back online and BitPay is working to be on the Play Store again.

In June of this year, Google updated its Financial Services Policy prohibiting ads relating to “cyptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice).”

Roger Ver, CEO of Bitcoin.com blames the new policy for the removal, saying that Google had mistakenly flagged wallets as on-device cryptocurrency miners.

“Google told us that it was because they no longer allow crypto currency [sic] mining apps,” Ver said. “I have no idea how they came under the impression that our wallet is a mining app.”

BitPay said that they expect the app to be back online soon, but didn’t explain what Google’s issue was with the wallet that prompted the abrupt removal.

Earlier this month, Google Play removed MinerGate, an app that offers users access to both on-device and remote cloud mining services. To comply with Google’s updated policy, the firm removed the mining functionality of the app. But despite this, Google proceeded to remove it. In a statement, MinerGate said that the removal was improper and that it hoped the situation was going to be resolved quickly.