Friday, 20 October, 2017

Google to downrank faulty apps on Play Store

Google to “punish” unstable Android apps with low visibility
     
     
       By Ida Torres Google to “punish” unstable Android apps with low visibility By Ida Torres
Lucas Bell | 05 August, 2017, 00:32

"By focusing on the quality and performance of your app, you'll find more success on Google Play".

Google pointed out that the major cause for apps to receive a lower rating is performance issues resulting in crashes and affecting the stability of other app components.

It's no secret that Google's Play Store is chock full of crappy apps - just drop the word "guide" into the search bar and see for yourself - and Google itself knows it, too. Google has taken this step after realising that half of the one-star-scored apps on the Play Store's reviews say that they have stability problems.

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The Android vitals dashboards are meant to be useful for both developers and business owners alike by offering quick reference performance metrics to monitor an app. In addition, app developers should also pay close attention to ratings and reviews to get real-time insights from the people who use the app, said Google. The machine learning tools would focus on the apps that are asking for permissions outside of the scope of what an app should be asking for. The Android Excellence program also would allow for editor's picks which would be apps pushed into the spotlight that are good apps you might want to check out.

Developers can use the Play Console to find and fix the issues with their apps. The Android apps are often thought of as lower-quality, and now Google is trying to change that perception. The results can be seen when you're manually searching for an application or game, as well as when you're just scrolling through the home page of the Google Play Store. The app could go down in rankings and results for many reasons, and Google has not said if it will notify the developer of the bad Android app label.

Google is rolling out an update to the Play Store that will penalize poorly performing apps, making them less discoverable.

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