Crypto exchange Coinbase’s wallet platform Coinbase Wallet is considering to remove its decentralized applications (DApps) browsing feature from its mobile application.
According to a Reddit post, this move came to comply with the policy of Apple’s App Store. The prospect was confirmed by Brian Armstrong, the chief executive of the crypto exchange.
The decision is, however, not yet confirmed as the exchange is still considering to finalize the major move.
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“This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store” Armstrong noted. “If Apple customers want to be able to use Dapps, we may need to make this request know to Apple in some way.”
DApps are getting very popular in the crypto space, and developers are bringing such applications for a range of fields – gaming to gambling – on major blockchains. Multiple exchanges and wallet platforms have integrated support to these DApps to attract more clients to their platforms.
“This is an important area of innovation in finance, and many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars worth of crypto tied up in these financial applications, which they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues,” the CEO added.
Though Coinbase Wallet provided access to Dapps for a long time via its mobile application, it added similar support for desktop browsers in August through the WalletLink service.
If the exchange decides to remove the functionality from mobile applications, users would still access the DApps service through WalletLink.
Tech giants against blockchain
Coinbase’s decision came days after the removal of the mobile client of MetaMask, an Ethereum wallet and decentralized application (DApp) platform, by Google from its Play Store. Though the tech giant cited violations of its financial services policy by the blockchain platform, it even refused an appeal against the decision.