Google Play Removes Bitpay Bitcoin Payment Processor Application From Store
In a time where mass adoption seems to be the primary goal of the cryptocurrency community, the adding of key cryptocurrency and blockchain applications to mainstream app services is an enormous boon. As the community works to gain the support of key institutional investors, it has become equally important to give the general public, as well as the average retail investor, the ability to get involved in the market in a way that they know how. For many applications, this has meant that gaining access to app platforms like the Apple store and Google Play is of utmost importance.
But Google Play and the Apple store have both been notoriously picky about the type of applications they allow to be broadcast to their millions of excited users. For some application platforms in the mobile-sphere, even allowing cryptocurrency and blockchain apps is a rather recent decision. But in nearly every available case, companies offering application services work to seriously vet and explore cryptocurrency applications before allowing them to exist on their sophisticated and protected platforms.
Bitpay has consistently ranked among the most popular cryptocurrency markets on the market. But in a surprising move for the cryptocurrency community, Google has decided to delist the popular crypto wallet from their Google Play Store. Though information is still coming out on the breaking story, there seems to be no evidence to suggest that the move was orchestrated by Bitpay itself. This means that, more than likely, the move was made by Google Play—and it has the crypto space asking why.
No Word From Bitpay
Surprisingly, the massive cryptocurrency company has yet to make any kind of announcement regarding the removal of their application from the Google Play Store, which happened just hours ago. While it is possible that the company has yet to gain word of the massive problem that might be facing their application, most people speculate that they are carefully crafting a response to the issue—whatever it may be.
The team has not made any kind of announcement regarding maintenance to their existing servers, or any kind of significant changes that might have caused a temporary removal. As a result, many of their customers continue to speculate on what the cause for the delisting might be.
The biggest impact of the loss of service for Bitpay is without a doubt the question of what users might be able to do with their funds that are currently in their wallets. Additionally, many consumers continue to wonder if it is safe to continue to store funds in the wallet, as this outage could mean that Google Play is privy to some kind of security concern that remains either undiscovered or unmentioned by the company behind Bitpay.
Moving forward, many users are likely to move their funds away from the application, at least until there is a confirmed reason behind the mysterious delisting by tech giant Google.
An Assault On Mining Apps
According to one Reddit user, the delisting might be part of a new policy by Google Play to disallow mining applications on their service. In the /r/btc subreddit, user MemoryDealers outlined his belief that Google was removing the application because they “no longer allow” applications that focus on or facilitate cryptocurrency mining, one of the core features of the Bitpay app.
As with all mysterious incidents within the cryptocurrency community, the removal of Bitpay from the Google Play Store has inspired some serious conspiracy theories. As the moment, the most popular idea is that, because three separate apps which allow Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash transactions were removed in a short timespan, there might be a concerted effort to fight against Bitcoin Cash.
But as with most issues, this is likely just the result of routine maintenance, bug-fixing, or even an update to the core software. But until Bitpay officially responds to the removal, the community will continue to question.