BitPay, Bitcoin.com, and CoPay cryptocurrency wallets were noticed to have been removed from the Google Play Store. A sudden event that was surprising to the members of the cryptocurrency community on Thursday. Many reasons have been adduced to this action. Nevertheless, there has been no official release by any of the affected platforms yet.
The Google Play Store Apps Removal
The cryptocurrency community woke up to the news that BitPay, Bitcoin.com, and CoPay wallets had been removed from the Google Play platform on Thursday. The dismissal of these apps was surprising to the crypto community, judging by the relevance the companies behind them have globally.
No reason is adduced to have been the cause of the removal since the firms involved are yet to make any official statement on the action. However, there are speculations that ongoing maintenance, minor bug cleanup or infrastructural upgrades could be the reason for this temporary removal.
Notably, BitPay has over 100,000 downloads on the Google Play store and a high rate of customer satisfaction with an average of 4.5 rating out of 5 stars. With no record of hack or data leakages, the app seems to be the least app that should be removed from the play store.
While there are no comments from parties involved, members of the cryptocurrency community are worried about their funds in the wallet.
Further, BitPay’s giant stride in becoming a payment platform that has adopted cryptocurrency has subsequently been followed by building partnerships that aid its operation better. The BitPay wallet features include an ability to purchase Amazon gift cards, Coinbase integration, Visa Card backed for its American users, and partnership with Glidera and ShapeShift.
What The Cryptocurrency Community Thinks
The apps removed has sparked up different opinions by cryptocurrency enthusiasts as expressed through Reddit and also an investigation into the reasons for possible removal.
A notable opinion is the thought of Roger Ver, an early crypto investor and enthusiast. He said the removal of Bitcoin.com cryptocurrency wallets might be attributed to the app being seen as a mining app. Nevertheless, the app has since been re-installed.
Worthy of note is the trend of crypto mining scam apps on the Google Play Store which the tech giant, Google has combated.
Furthermore, there are conspiracy theories on Reddit relating the removal to a planned attack on Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as their transactions are permitted on the three wallets affected. It was later noted that the BitPay app was only removed from the Google platform as it was still available on other platforms.