Mycelium’s wallet app has been removed from the Google Play Store due to alleged violations of the content policy. The app’s developers received an e-mail stating:
“REASON FOR SUSPENSION: Violation of the paid and free provision of the Content Policy and section 3.5 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Please refer to the Third Party Payments help center article for more information.”
The policy requires apps to use Google Play’s in-app billing service unless the payment is for digital goods used outside of the app itself.
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The issue of contention is that bitcoins are technically not a good consumed within the app.
Mycelium’s secure bitcoin wallet app includes a Localtrader feature in its Android version. Users can locate other users interested in trading bitcoins in their geographic area, and then make the transfer via their devices. Mycelium collects 0.2% on each transaction.
The ban may boost the app’s appeal for iOS, for which there are plans to add the Localtrader feature.
The app’s developers said they are looking into the matter, but in the meantime, interested users can download the app from Mycelium’s website.