Google has been busy spring cleaning it Google Play Store this month and has reportedly remove over 60,000 low quality applications for the store in an effort to clamp down on non-compliant applications from its mobile application marketplace.
The news has been reported by the Tech Crunch website, who learned that the 60,000 Android applications had been removed from Google Play, via a source within the mobile industry.
The Tech Crunch website reports: “To be clear, not all of these apps were deleted by Google. Some, such as a handful of Sprint bundles and apps, as well as the product from startup cautionary tale Color and several others, were likely pulled by the publishers themselves. But with a number as high as 60,000, it’s clear that many of these were pulled by Google directly from the Google Play Store”
To make sure developers don’t fall foul to publishing non-compliant Android applications Google has listed a couple of points to remember when publishing to the Google Play Store.
Developers are important partners in maintaining a great user experience on Google Play.
– Do not post repetitive content.
– Product descriptions should not be misleading or loaded with keywords in an attempt to manipulate ranking or relevancy in the Store’s search results.
– Developers also should not attempt to change the placement of any Product in the Google Play Store by rating an application multiple times, or by offering incentives to users to rate an application with higher or lower ratings.
– Apps that are created by an automated tool or wizard service must not be submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons.
– Do not post an app where the primary functionality is to: Drive affiliate traffic to a website or provide a webview of a website not owned or administered by you (unless you have permission from the website owner/administrator to do so)
– Do not send SMS, email, or other messages on behalf of the user without providing the user with the ability to confirm content and intended recipient.
Source: Tech Crunch
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