Android Go and Android O are around the corner and this means improvement and updating the software ecosystem. One of the most important of them being the Play Store which houses all apps necessary for a user. Play Store with this update will become safer and cleaner thanks to the Google's decision to punish fake and misleading apps.
Play Store: App Quality Issues & Fake Reviews
We have all been there. Searching for an app is very quick in Play Store but the results obtained will often disappoint us. Only the first two or three apps are useable while the others are just badly developed, either fake or containing some malware (virus).
The scenario is completely different for App Store (Apple). The apps are developed and designed nicely with fake apps volume very less comparatively. The reason for this stark difference is simple.
- Google have some loose regulations in the favor of developers and to encourage new minds
- The large user base (Now more than 2 billion) makes Play Store regulation very tedious
- Fake positive reviews of apps using various methods
- Unknown statistics of uploaded Apps
The uploaded apps, usually in thousands daily is making app monitoring difficult. In addition to this, the fake reviews giving a positive feedback on various paid and free apps are increasing alarmingly. They are using multiple accounts and bots to give five-star reviews to apps (both premium and free) tricking users that it is a good app.
The reality is that most of these apps are hollow, exploiting and often carry some sort of malware with them.
At the Keynote of Google I/O 2017, Google made it clear that it will not play along with this kind of behavior. The new announcement suggested that Google will completely monitor the app before releasing it or after it is out on the store.
The Android Vitals, a part of the announcement will come into the picture to execute this. The users or developers can now look at all the metrics and scores of apps like battery usage and stability.
The above data monitoring also helps in revealing the following:
- Random crashes
- Occasional freezes
- Tendency to make the device wake up for longer time
- Tendency to wake up device a lot of times in an hour
- Number of ads included and much more
This does not stop here. Google will collect all the data and the apps which stay in the bottom 25 percent may face the wrath of the Google which may also lead to the removal of the apps from the play store. This has to do something with promotability of the app and this will be a continuous process in the future.
Google taking a decision of this scale reflects how bad the situation is. Play Store was often conplained about because of its inability to restrict fake apps and after any years, an action is issued.
Even though this action was expected from Google a long time back, now is also a good thing. The strictness of Google may pave a path for a more Safe and Genuine apps collection in the Play Store. We already had enough with all the fake apps.