Google has updated the Play Store Developer Policies to ban multiple more categories of apps, including encryption and interfering ads, as reported by Android Police .
When it comes to encryption apps, Google says that mining apps are now banned, but apps like "remote control mining of crypto currency" are still allowed. Apple has recently banned apps like my cryptocurrency, saying that "the only cryptocurrency mining apps allowed are those mine outside the device, like cloud-based mining."
Repeated apps are now banned in the Google Play Store. These are apps that emulate or give the same experience as programs already on the platform. Apps can be removed if they copy content from another app without adding anything new or unique, or if a developer creates more apps that have similar content and user experiences. Additionally, "apps created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates, and sent to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons are not allowed," the company explains.
Then there are new restrictions on firearm and firearm applications. Apps like "Lighting explosives, firearms, ammunition or certain firearms accessories" are now banned, just as YouTube extended restrictions on these subjects earlier this year.
The Google Play Store defines restricted firearms' accessories as items that enable a firearm to "simulate auto fire or convert firearms to auto fire (such as bumpers, gatling triggers, slot machines, conversion sets), and magazines or tapes that carry more than 30 rounds. "Apps that provide instructions on the production of explosives, firearms, ammunition and other weapons are also prohibited.
Also included in the new constraints are apps that "appeals to children, but contain adult themes," apps that emulate people or organizations, or hide their primary purpose, and apps that force users to click ads or send personal information to ads before full use of the app is provided.