Android users can no longer download Minergate to their mobile devices. Google has removed the app, because it would no longer comply with the company’s new rules. However, representatives of Minergate claim that their app fully complied with the new policies.
Google initiated a ban to all on-device mining applications. This ban launched on July 27th and existing apps needed to change within a month. The ban prohibits mining applications for the sake of malware protection and sustaining the quality of the device.
Minergate updated its app on August 21st, but the app was still removed on August 29th. The app had been downloaded over 1.5 million times. Consumers can still download and install the app directly from the Minergate website, which also includes a miner version.
Minergate allows users to mine a variety of cryptocurrencies. They do this in a shared pool and income is split among all users of the pool based on the workload they put into it. This workload is determined by computer power, which means mobile phones earn considerably less compared with desktop computers.