Google is causing problems for a Bitcoin wallet provider

Neutral Google is causing problems for a Bitcoin wallet provider

Google has had a chequered time with cryptocurrency over the past year, most notably when it introduced a ban on crypto ads via its AdWords programme. That ban has been relaxed somewhat, but still, it'd be remiss to call Google and cryptocurrency the very best of friends.

The latest evidence of this has come via the Bitcoin wallet provider, Samourai. It's added its wallet to Google's Play Store, so that it can be widely accessed by Android users. But as it turns out, in doing so, it's found itself up against a whole bunch of Google restrictions. Restrictions that in this case have led to Samourai having to restrict features in the wallet itself.

In a blog post, Samourai explained that the release of version 0.99.04 of the wallet app, that it's just introduced, will have three key features disabled. These are stealth mode, SIM switch defense, and remote SMS commands.

It would be fair to say that Samourai isn't best pleased about this, either. "All three of these features have been included in Samourai Wallet since our first release in 2015 and have helped define our product as a unique offering instead of the same old lazy copy paste job that is rife in this industry, as well as provide protection and security to the countless users who rely on these features", it wrote in the aforementioned blog post.

"To this day no other wallet has enabled these types of features, and now it is very likely no other wallet will thanks to the heavy hand of Google".

It had tried to protest and argue the decision with Google, but all to no avail. As such, whilst it's complying with Google for the time being, Samourai has confirmed that it'll be looking to expand its distribution model, to make an Android version of its update available with those features back in tact.

The full blog post can be read here.

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01/09/2019 / 05:28:51 Source: cryptonewsreview

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