Apple and Google battle with dApps
According to Coinbase, Apple just doesn’t like the crypto exchange, with Coinbase warning its users that it might have to remove its app from the Apple store.
On 22nd August, Brian Armstrong, the Coinbase CEO, tweeted that Apple has continued to block “some functionalities” for cryptocurrencies, He wrote: “Apple has been very restrictive and hostile to cryptocurrency over the years. They’re still blocking some functionality right now, including the ability to earn money with cryptocurrency by completing tasks, and unrestricted dapp browsers.”
Back in December 2019, Coinbase noted that after “Google removed Ethereum-based decentralized application (DApp) browser MetaMask from its Android application store, Apple may now force Coinbase to remove the DApp browser feature from its crypto wallet application.” At the time Armstrong tweeted: “Coinbase CEO here. This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store. […] Presumably this would extend to other wallets as well (Trust, Argent, Metamask) it’s beyond Coinbase and IMO a very big threat to the ecosystem.”
Armstrong also said that users interested in using DApps on Apple’s mobile devices might need to ask Apple to allow such applications, tweeting: “This is an important area of innovation in finance, and many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars worth of crypto tied up in these financial applications, which they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues.”
Cryptocurrency Influencer Omar Bham suggested that the moves are supposed to protect the firms’ businesses against potential decentralized competitors, tweeting, “Web3 is in direct competition with Google & Apple. We should expect continued censorship on MetaMask, Coinbase, & other dapp browsers.”
As Cointelegraph reports: “Apple, particularly its App Store, has been under fire lately for unfair terms it gives to app developers and publishers. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and games developer Epic Games have all called out Apple looking for fairer terms for developers.”