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

Elon Musk Rejects Rumors on Plans to Use the Ethereum Blockchain

Francisco Memoria

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has recently revealed he isn’t using the Ethereum blockchain to build anything, and addressed his stance on the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Musk’s comments came in response to a tweet published by famous Hollywood actor William Shatner, who claimed last year Elon Musk was, along with Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, “deciding what to build on Ethereum.”

The Canadian actor, well-known for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, has been a cryptocurrency proponent for some time, at one point even releasing his own non-fungible token (NFT). One year after he tweeted out Musk and Buterin were working on Ethereum, the CEO of Tesla replied.

In a single tweet, Musk revealed that he is not building anything on top of the second-largest cryptocurrency’s blockchain, nor is he “for or against it.” Shatner later responded to the CEO telling “I still love you even though you haven’t found blockchain technology fascinating.”

Musk has notably made various comments on the cryptocurrency space over time. As CryptoGlobe reported, earlier this year the CEO said crypto could be a replacement for cash. On numerous occasions, he teased the community on the microblogging platform, either tweeting about BTC or about Dogecoin.

In an odd tweet published in January of this year, Musk said “bitcoin is *not* my safe word.” While the tweet itself has never really been explained, over time the COE has said he is “neither here nor there on Bitcoin,” but that he did find the cryptocurrency’s whitepaper “very clever.” In another tweet, he revealed he “only” holds 0.25 BTC.

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