Google reveals it is trying to rid the Play Store of crappy Android apps


Google has revealed it taking steps to try to reduce the amount of crappy apps which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The tech giant has announced it has developed an algorithm that gives great visibility to higher quality apps.

More secure, stable and better optimised apps will be ranked higher than apps have security problems, technical glitches, poor reviews or which are found to be prone to crash.

Google said the new algorithm is already in place although it hasn’t revealed specifics regarding the new ranking system.

“We recently enhanced our search and discovery algorithms to reflect app quality,” Google said in a blog post.

“This results in higher quality apps being surfaced in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality (eg: apps that exhibit more frequent crashes).”

Home to more than 2 million apps, there is a perception among some quarters that the Google Play Store is home to low quality apps, or at least much lower quality than those found in Apple’s App Store.

Earlier this month, Google announced a new security feature called Google Play Protect which aims to keep Android apps safe from malware and other security threats.

The new measures combined should mean that Android users will start to find higher quality apps that are free from malware in the Google Play Store.


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