"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 says. In the initial phase of 2018, Chrome Web Store has imposed a ban on the digital currency mining extensions. The last change is the addition of a policy banning apps and developer accounts that impersonate some other party or hide or misrepresent their country of origin. As far as the changes go, that's another thing you'll immediately notice when you open the app.
To cut down on "low quality" apps even further, the new policy bans apps that are almost identical to ones already published on Google Play - whether they're copies of other creators' content, or several versions of the developer's own work. In addition to the miners, applications created to appeal to children but contain adult themes are also banned.
There are also restrictions on repetitive apps, which Google defines as apps with similar content and user experience.More news: Comcast tops profit forecasts; cable TV subscriptions fall
Case in point, cryptocurrency mining malware such as Loapi and HiddenMiner have been known to physically damage an infected Android smartphone. Still, several miner apps remain available including MinerGate, Crypto Miner, and NeoNeonMiner, the report stated.
It has also banned applications which facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.
Two final categories of applications are also now banned - ones where the primary objective is to serve ads (where ads are placed after every user tap, swipe, etc.) and ones that intentionally mislead users.