Google Updates Play Store Algorithms To Reward App Quality

Google Updates Play Store Algorithms To Reward App Quality

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.

The company said that people enjoy apps which meet their performance and quality expectations.

"In an internal analysis of app reviews on Google Play, we noticed that half of 1-star reviews mentioned app stability", said Google.

But this is just a stop gap in the aforementioned millions of apps available as Google's main problem is that they only take action when there are complaints about the app. Google wants to promote those apps that are of high-quality, which means high user ratings and hardly any glitches or crashes.

Given this information you can work out how best to use resources to make improvements, which will in turn lead to higher ratings and better ranking by the search algorithm.

This ranking algorithm will now push the developers with buggy apps to solve these issues or they will be penalized and their apps will be ranked lower than the other better-performing apps.

To roll out over the next week the updated algorithm will continue or so across the Google Play Store worldwide, the company says. It offers the example of Basuu which managed to increase its rating from 4.1 to 4.5 star exclusively by focusing on app performance. Among these tools is Android vitals which shows performance issues found on devices that have already installed the application.

"Google Play strives to help people find and discover safe, high quality, useful, and relevant apps", notes Ahn. All apps need to be optimized for the feature in order to take advantage of it, and Google has recently been in the process of doing so with its own mobile software portfolio, with the Play Store being its latest Android service to receive Notification Channels support.

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