Google has just restored the Kryptokit App to the Play Store, hours after users were alarmed to learn of its sudden removal “for unspecified ToS violations”, without warning.
Its removal was immediately noticed by existing users, who found it missing from Chrome. Guidelines and workarounds were offered on how to recover private keys, the most desperate of which involved entering various commands into Windows/Linux command prompts.
A few hours ago, one of the app’s creators gave the following update on reddit:
Google has finally responded after multiple appeals and they have reinstated our account. The link for the extension seems to be working now: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kryptokit-bitcoin-wallet/lhhipingoaiddcoalochnbjlkifbpmoj?hl=en
Please let me know if it is loading up for you guys. I’m sorry for all of you that faced this issue. This happened without ANY warning.
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However, when asked why it was removed in the first place, he reiterated that he still has not gotten any response from Google after inquiring repeatedly. It’s unknown if the reinstatement was in response to the outrage and/or inquiries.
Angered users accused Google of causing them to lose money. Some have gone as far to say that Google is waging war on Bitcoin. Months ago, however, they seemed to be the more friendly of the tech giants. Apple had removed the blockchain wallet app from its store “due to an unresolved issue”, while Google took no such measures.
Kryptokit is one of several services recently springing up that aim to make the bitcoin wallet experience simpler and easier, such as bitcoinwallet.com. As a Chrome extension, it doesn’t require usernames, passwords or the copying/pasting of bitcoin addresses. It also provides a social network and secure messaging service.