Google has updated its Play Store Developer Policy to ban several other categories of apps, including cryptocurrency applications and annoying ads apps, as reported by Android Police Google Mining Apps are now banned, but apps that "remotely manage" cryptocurrency mining are still allowed. Apple has recently banned apps that mine cryptocurrency, saying, "The only mine apps that allow cryptocurrency mining are those that mine outside the device, such as cloud-based mining."
Repetitive apps are now banned in the Google Play Store. These are apps that mimic or provide the same experience as apps that already exist on the platform. Apps can be removed if they copy content from another app without adding new or unique ones, or if a developer creates multiple apps with similar content and user experiences. In addition, "apps created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted by the operator to Google Play on behalf of others, are not allowed," the company said.
Next, there are new restrictions on apps that deal with firearms and firearms accessories. Apps that "facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories" are now banned, much as YouTube expanded restrictions on these topics earlier this year.
The Google Play Store defines limited accessories for firearms as elements that allow a firearm to "simulate automatic fire or turn a firearm into automatic fire (eg, kicks, gatling triggers, drop-in sears, Conversion kits) and magazines or belts with more than 30 rounds. "Apps that contain instructions for making explosives, firearms, ammunition, and other weapons are also prohibited.
The new restrictions also include apps that "target children, but also include adult topics," imitating people or organizations, or obfuscating their primary purpose, and apps that force users to click ads or personal information for ads submit before fully using the app.