It looks like Google is following Apple’s footsteps in having a thorough clean up with its Play Store. This was a much needed step from Google’s side due to various problems related to the app store’s spam.
More details on Google’s Play Store clean up announcement –
Google had announced in June, 2017, about their Play Store’s clean up. According to TechCrunch, Google’s clean up was so sizable. In fact, the App Store shrank for the first time ever in 2017. It’s now around 2+ million apps.
Earlier in December, when Apple announced about their clean up policy, they faced many backlashes and controversies from the developers’ end. This made Apple to revise their policies.
Learning from Apple’s mistake, Google seems to clarify clearly about their policy by saying he following –
“Apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons are not allowed. Such apps are only permissible if they are published by an individually registered developer account belonging to the user of the automated tool, not the operator of the service.”
Google has made sure to update their developer policies regularly. This ensured the ban of many more categories of apps. The Play Store’s Developer Content Policy can be viewed by clicking here.
It was first noted by Android Police on the 26th of July, 2018 and here are all the main problems which are covered by the policy –
Followed by a clean up of these crypto mining extensions on the Chrome Web Store, the Play Store too wiped out all the apps related to crypto mining.
2) No more Adult Themes –
Recently there was a big controversy called ‘Elsagate‘, which allowed many inappropriate videos to be uploaded on YouTube.
It included videos that appealed to the children but included adult these featuring both children as well as family characters.
But don’t worry Google’s policy has made sure to wipe out such apps as well from its app store.
3) Repetitive Content –
Google describes few apps as “multiple apps with highly similar content and user experience.” Don’t worry, you wouldn’t see such apps on the app store anymore. For instance, the Pro version of One developer’s free game.
Sometimes, Google refers to these as –
“apps that are created by an automated tool, wizard service, or based on templates and submitted to Google Play by the operator of that service on behalf of other persons.”
4) Guns and Ammunition –
Few apps helped to “facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories”. Google has banned such apps.
It also included the apps which acted as a manual for the users to make their own guns/accessories/ammunitions as well as the ones which helps in converting a weapon to be automatic or semi-automatic.
5) Ad-related apps –
Certain apps had their main purpose to serve advertisements, i.e. every single click or swipe ended up on an ad. The Play Store has made sure to clean such apps.
This also included the apps which misleads the user and Google describes them as “apps or developer accounts that impersonate any person or organization, or that misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose.”