Google has reportedly removed three major cryptocurrency wallets from its android play store overnight on Thursday.
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.
Earlier this year, the search engine giant banned crypto mining extensions from the Chrome Web Store, including the ones that were solely focused on mining. In addition, Google updated its Financial Services Policy in June prohibiting ads relating to “Cryptocurrencies and related content (including but not limited to initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading advice)”.
The recently removed wallets are Bitcoin Wallet (managed by Bitcoin.com), CoPay, and BitPay, which as at press time, only Bitcoin Wallet has managed to go online again. The giant tech company also refused to make any comments on their move, as reported by The Next Web.
The reason for the removal, as Google told Roger Ver, the CEO of Bitcoin.com, was because the search giant no longer allows apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices, 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 legacy wallet while Bitcoin Wallet is the direct fork, and BitPay containing an added functionality.