Google Play Store now penalizes poorly performing apps in rankings

Bad Android Apps Officially Getting Downgraded in Google Play Store

Google Play Store will now rank apps according to performances

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.

According to Google, the new algorithm will downrank apps that crash or cause any other performance issues like excessive battery usage and slow render times.

Google has made a change to the Play Store which means apps that are of higher quality and work properly are pushed higher up the search - something you'd think would already have been implemented.

Developers scared that their apps may fall from a high ranking due to poor quality have a lot to fear from this update, but there is hope: If an app is popular despite flaws, it will likely be even more popular with a better user experience.

Explaining the rationale for this change Ahn notes that in an internal analysis of app reviews on Google Play, it was noticed that half of 1-star reviews mentioned app stability. In addition, app developers should also pay close attention to ratings and reviews to get real-time insights from the people who use the app, said Google. So while Google still does use this as a metric in their algorithm, it's just not as important as it was before.

First off, Google recommends taking a good look at the Android Vitals dashboard in the Google Play Console.

We do not know yet though, whether the bad Android app developers will know they have been downgraded because the app was labeled "bad" or not. Now Google is looking to punish those apps by making them less visible in search results, which will hurt their chances of being discovered and downloaded.

Google is a company who loves big data so it makes sense that they are collecting information about the applications and games that we download from the Google Play Store.

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