In line with a recent official ‘web-blog post‘, Bitcoin [BTC] digital wallet supplier ‘Samourai Wallet’ aforesaid that it disabled several security-related options in its products due to a notices from Google to block the wallet.
Samourai, that has aimed to offer a Bitcoin-centric expertise through adding increased obscurity choices and thereby removing references to standard currency, confirmed it was removing 3 functions from its digital wallet in time for its latest update recently published on yesterday.
“Again, we apologise for this inconvenience, but our hands are tied by Google,” the web-blog post further adds:
“We hope to bring these options back somehow within the future in Google Play Store, and are dedicated to provide the full feature set expertise via various distribution ways like direct download or F-Droid within some upcoming months.”
Google began mandating ground levels of transparency for 3rd-party ‘add-ons‘ applications since last year.
Samourai, by providing “stealth mode,” remote SMS commands and several ways to mitigate the chances of alleged “SIM swapping” attacks, allegedly flouted these. Despite all the 3 options being present in its digital wallet since the time of its launch in mid-2015, google has asked for the removal of some security-related ‘options‘.
The Stealth mode is an another option available in the app., that isn’t enabled by default. It is a privacy setting permitting users to hide their app from their devices’ home screens and disallows notifications of deposits.
Explaining further, the executives added:
“We applied for an exemption with Google months ago, and it was rejected days ago, despite our argument that removing such practicality would cause users who depend on those options to be less secure and a-lot more exposed”.
Users would be required to disable stealth mode themselves before installing in the update.
Samourai aforesaid that the version offered on F-Droid, that is an open source application store, would stay ‘unchanged‘.