Google to "punish" unstable Android apps with low visibility

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It's Google's very own "how to succeed in Android app development" guide, and it's free on Google Play.

The Google Play Store version 8.1 doesn't seem to debut any other noticeable changes on the user-facing side of things, though the app does come with an expected variety of unspecified bug fixes and performance enhancements. This enhancement means that higher quality apps-those that aren't buggy, excessive battery drainers or frequent crashers-are more likely to be promoted by Google Play.

Hopefully, this will help increase the overall quality of the apps on Google Play Store and also limit malware and other issues that can be found in the bad Android apps.

According to the search giant who cites an internal analysis of app reviews, up to 50% percent of 1 star reviews list stability as the main issue with the app.

Google has revealed it taking steps to try to reduce the amount of crappy apps which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Google will make use of parameters like "performance data, user engagement and ratings" to create "quality signals" for apps which will affect their ranking on category app listings as well as search. So while Google still does use this as a metric in their algorithm, it's just not as important as it was before.

If an app is popular enough, then it rightly deserves, to some extent a large number of installs can still override its negative reviews and push the app back up into a higher position.

Until this update, search results in the Play Store would prioritize popularity over support.

Google has just released an update to its Play Store ranking algorithm.

"Google Play strives to help people find and discover safe, high quality, useful, and relevant apps", said Andrew Ahn, product manager for Google Play.

App developers who favor speed to market as opposed to actual app quality could find themselves punished by Google.

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