Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Find: Google Play apps and updates are now subject to a review process

Google Play apps and updates are now subject to a review process
// Ars Technica

Google announced today that it is officially switching to a human-driven app review process for the Google Play store, a move intended to "better protect the community" and "improve the app catalog." Google's "team of experts" will be checking apps and updates submitted to Google Play for violations of Google's developer policies and giving developers specific feedback on what they need to fix before their apps will be listed.

Google says it began this review process "several months ago" and that "there has been no noticeable change for developers during the rollout." Today's post simply serves as an official announcement of the new policy. An improved review status page will give developers "more insight into why apps were rejected or suspended" and will allow them to "easily fix and resubmit their apps for minor policy violations."

Apple has had a team of real humans evaluating third-party app submissions since the dawn of the App Store, but the Android Market (now Google Play) was more permissive—aside from some automated malware scanning, Google didn't do much to make sure apps worked like they were supposed to and did what they said they did. The Google Play store had apps that did more things, but the quality and security of those apps could be all over the place. Google's app review process will ostensibly fix that problem.

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