Google unveils plans to quash one-star app reviews, issues fresh guidelines to developers

In a more calculated approach to upgrade the app interface on Android, Google has declared an all-out war on one-star rated apps on Google play.

Around 50 percent of the apps are slammed due to their unstable nature, forcing them to shut down prematurely, said the Google Play team at the company’s annual I/O developer conference. Apps utilising an unnecessary amount of a phone’s CPU while in idle mode and draining the battery are first in line to be scrapped. Limits will also be imposed on the amount of time an app can request location data, etc.

Even though Google recorded 82 billion app installations in the past year, its plan to enhance Play Store app ratings at the bottom 25 percent will see many egregious apps die, reports CNET.

Apps causing a screen freeze, specifically for more than five seconds, and apps that show lag – apps that render frames at less than 60 fps for 50 percent of the time, will be put on Google’s hit list.

Google plans to follow up with tips from users to help app makers understand the problems to turn the apps around. A metrics dashboard for developers will also be kept in play to notify developers when it is time to release an update and or flush out reasons as to why users have been uninstalling the app in such large numbers.

Published Date: May 19, 2017 11:04 am | Updated Date: May 19, 2017 11:04 am

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