Next web published on 28th August that the several cryptocurrency mining apps remain in the Google Play Store despite the ban.
On 27th August the Google banned the crypto mining app from its Play Store. A Google developer made a policy that “we don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices.” The company gave mining app developers a 30-day grace period to revise their products in order to comply with the new terms.
According to the Next Web, the deferral period has passed, but some apps that enable on-device mining are still available on the Play Store. Three apps were removed out of 8 apps.NeoNeonMiner, Crypto Miner Pro, Pickaxe Miner, and Pocket Miner are still live on the store, while Bitcoin Miner reportedly claims its offering complies with the terms introduced by Google.
MinerGate has been removed from the store, its developers told Hard Fork that the app’s latest iteration deleted its on-device mining features in order to comply with Google’s rules. MinerGate told Hard Fork in an email:
“Mining on your phone directly was among the core features of the MinerGate app before the last changes in Google Play Development policies. With the last update, we are removing this functionality to meet the updated requirements.”
Before this month, Google Play Store hosted a reported Ethereum (ETH) scam application. Lukas Stefanko, a malware researcher from Slovakia, reportedly found a fraudulent “Ethereum” app on Google Play that had been offered for purchase at price of €335 or around $388.
The scam intended to dupe uninformed buyers into purchasing the app, who mistook it for the original Ethereum cryptocurrency, according to researchers.
In April, Google also announced that it is removing mining extensions from its Chrome Web Store after “90 percent” supposedly failed to comply with its rules. The move reportedly came in response to analysis of malicious “crypto jacking” present in extensions.