Google Welcomes the New Year by Reinstating MetaMask’s Mobile App for Android

Siamak Masnavi

On Wednesday (January 1), Google gave the MetaMask team a wonderful New Year's present: it reinstated MetaMask's mobile app (for Android) in the Google Play Store.

MetaMask's Android app, which is in the beta testing stage, is both an Ethereum wallet and a decentralized app (DApp) browser. And those users who already use MetaMask on the desktop via its plugin for desktop browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Brave), can sync their existing wallets "in seconds."

According to the description of the MetaMask app on Google's Play Store, here is what you can do with MetaMask:

Use MetaMask to send ETH, tokens, or collectibles to anyone anywhere. Or use it to play games, use exchanges, publish content, chat with friends, buy crypto, and so much more.

On 26 December 2019, MetaMask notified its users that Google had suspended MetaMask's Android client on the basis that crypto mining apps are not allowed on the Google Play Store:

The problem with Google's defense of this action is that the MetaMask app does not support crypto mining. Unfortunately, although MetaMask appealed this decision, the appeal got rejected by Google.

On 27 December 2019, Google responded to MetaMask's tweet as follows:

However, now, it seems that thanks to a tremendous outpouring of support from the crypto community, Google has, after "careful consideration", decided to reinstate MetaMask's Android app.

This is how MetaMask announced the good news and thanked "all the believers in an open web for speaking out":

 

Featured Image Courtesy of MetaMask