Google Play, the official app store for the Android operating system which is used by billions of mobile devices, has now restored the crypto app Metamask after Google banned it for about a week. The company did not disclose the reason for the move, which was in contrast to a previous appeal that was rejected, but it might have had something to do with the uproar the original decision created within the crypto community.
“Thanks to all the believers in an open web for speaking out in our support!” the Metamask team stated on Twitter. “Also thanks to all the suggestions for alternate distribution methods. This experience has made us more resilient, and as a community we are stronger for enduring it.”
Metamask is a decentralized apps browser for desktop and mobile built upon the Ethereum network. It also offers browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave that add an in-browser wallet for ETH and ERC20 tokens to be sent and received. Last week Google banned the Metamask app from the Play store under the policy that “we don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices,” despite the fact that mining is something Metamask was never designed to do