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Google prohibits mining apps from Play Store, introduces new developer policies

Shahrain KM



Google prohibits mining apps from Play Store, introduces new developer policies
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Google’s latest update on the Play Store will not feature various categories of applications including several mining apps. The Google Play Store developer policies have banned cryptocurrency mining apps and apps that have disruptive ads.

However, applications that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency is still permitted. The digital distribution service for Android devices had in its previous update banned all fake ID related apps.

Google Play's Developer Policy Center || Source: Google Play

Google Play’s Developer Policy Center || Source: Google Play

Based on the new policy, if any Android app uses a device’s CPU or GPU for cryptocurrency mining operations, then Google will now start delisting them. Several developers who have had their apps removed from the Play Store raised their concerns regarding the same on Reddit and various other social media platforms.

Geoff5093, a Twitter user says:

” These apps are pointless anyways.  Even a high-end gaming PC with a 1080 Ti gets maybe $1.50 a day right now.  A mobile phone would get pennies.”

Redditor, E7ernal, commented saying:

“It’s probably people largely trying to couple mining something CPU minable (or maybe they figured out how to use the phone’s GPU? Doubt it.) with a real product, but not being that upfront about it. Seems stupid regardless.”

Tritonio, another Redditor added:

“But wouldn’t that be classified as malware and thus be already banned from the store?”

Some mining apps that are presently available on the Play Store are MinerGate, Crypto Miner, and NeoNeonMiner. Cryptocurrency mining extensions were banned from the Chrome Web Store earlier this year.

American multinational technology company, Apple had also recently banned applications that mine cryptocurrency. The company stated:

“The only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those that mine outside of the device, like cloud-based mining.”

Dhanson865, a Redditor remarked about the difference between Google Play Store’s and Apple’s ban saying :

“At least android phones can sideload APKs. It’s not like being banned from the Apple app store.”

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Shahrain KM is a writer at AMB Crypto. Her curiosity in Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies has led her to be a part of the news reporting team of AMB Crypto. She does not hold value in any cryptocurrencies currently.


XRP TipBot comes back online after a tiny downtime; Nothing to be worried about, says Wietse Wind




XRP TipBot goes online after a tiny downtime
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XRP TipBot’s website and the corresponding application suffered a downtime on June 23, 2019 for a few hours, during which the application wasn’t showing the balance of users. The website and the API for TipBot instead, displayed a “500 Internal Error.”

A Twitter user, @BlueNETGaming, tweeted Wietse Wind, inquiring the same. Wind confirmed that it was just an “infrastructure blip,” and that there was nothing to be worried about.

Wind tweeted,

XRP TipBot is probably the first and most widely accepted use-case of XRP. It leverages the transaction settling time of XRP Ledger to make tipping easy among peers on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms, and this was the brainchild of developer Wietse Wind.

After TipBot, a lot of other cryptocurrencies have tried to mimic this idea of facilitating tipping; an example being Bitcoin’s, Tippin.Me which leveraged Lightning Network for tipping users. Although successful, it isn’t as popular as Wind’s TipBot.

The reason behind the same is that XRP Ledger allows transaction settlement in under 5 seconds, which makes tipping fast and efficient, unlike Bitcoin’s transactions which take a few minutes for transactions to be confirmed.

This is same reason why XRP is being used as a liquidity provider for cross-border payments in Ripple’s proprietary product, xRapid.

XRP community is a tightly-knit community with people who are very bullish about XRP’s success. There are equally talented developers in the community who are developing apps that help create more use-cases for XRP.

SchlaubiDev is one such developer known for developing plugins for Gmail and Microsoft Office, plugins that allow a user to send XRP over e-mails.

Ripple has identified Wind and his team’s talent and inducted them into Xpring, which finances them to help develop more community-based apps for increasing XRP use-cases.

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