Google has updated its Play Store developer policies to especially ban cryptocurrency-mining apps as reported by Android Police.
“We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” the new policy says. “We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency.”
Apps that provide the same experience as apps that already exist on the platform are now prohibited in the Google Play store. Apps will be removed if they copy content from another application without adding anything new.
“Apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons are not allowed,” the company explains.
Additionally, apps that “appeal to children but contain adult themes,” are also restricted.
Apple also banned apps that mine cryptocurrency, stating that, “the only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those that mine outside of the device, like cloud-based mining.” It took a step further, also banned apps that use coin giveaways as an incentive to get social media engagement or app downloads.