Google has now reversed its short-lived ban on the Metamask Ethereum browser add-on.
In a tweet posted on Jan. 1 2020, the MetaMask team revealed that:
Happy New Year! Upon careful consideration, Google has permitted The MetaMask mobile app back on the Google Play (Android) store! Thanks to all the believers in an open web for speaking out in our support! https://t.co/Z8KOCtvHq0
— MetaMask (@metamask_io) January 1, 2020
Google mistook MetaMask for a mining app
MetaMask is a browser extension for Google Chrome that includes a built-in crypto wallet enabling to run Ethereum-based decentralized applications, or dApps, without needing to operate a full Ethereum node.
Google’s u-turn comes just a week after it had suspended the MetaMask Android client on the Google Play App Store, reportedly citing its policy against apps that mine cryptocurrency on mobile devices (which notably doesn’t pertain to MetaMask).
MetaMask had tweeted news of the ban on Dec. 26, adding that its appeal had been rejected by Google Play.
In its new year thread, MetaMask thanked its users for having suggested alternative distribution methods during the Google blacklisting, saying that the “experience has made us more resilient, and as a community, we are stronger for enduring it.”