Crypto mining apps have been banned on the Google Play Store in accordance with updated app developer policies. It is noteworthy that applications for remotely managing the mining farms will remain in store.
“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency,” Google said in its statement.
Despite the ban, a wide number of crypto mining apps are still available on the Play Store, but will be removed in the nearest future. A quick search using the keywords “crypto miner” still displayed a selection of mining apps as of this writing.
In April 2018, Google banned cryptocurrency mining browser extensions from the Chrome store. The mining extension ban comes less than a month after Google announced its plans to ban cryptocurrency-related advertisements.
However, a few days ago, the search giant listed Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash on their Currency Converter. The listing of the popular altcoins to the Google Search conversion widget is an important step forward for adoption of cryptocurrencies.
As a reminder, Google added a Bitcoin price tracker on their Finance widget in June 2014. Apart from dynamic pricing across several currencies, the Bitcoin price tracker offers access to breaking news about cryptocurrencies.