Google Policy Change Forces Bitcoin Wallet to Remove Security Features

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The team behind Samourai, the privacy-focused bitcoin wallet, has removed a series of key security-related features from a version of its app as a result of “extremely restrictive policies” by Google.

Having released version 0.99.04 of its app Tuesday on the digital distribution service run by Google, called Google Play, Samourai explained in a blog post that three features – stealth mode, SIM switch defense, and remote SMS commands – have been removed as a result of Google’s push to “become more of a ‘walled garden’ experience.”

A version that contains those features is available, but not through Google’s app service. Google did not respond to a request for comment.

“Walled garden” is a term synonymous with closed-platform or closed ecosystem, referring

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