Google Explains Google Play Tweaks Intended to Surface Good Apps and Games

Lynne Hanson
August 5, 2017

Google notes the change has had a positive impact on user engagement, with people installing higher quality apps being less prone to uninstalling them afterwards and using them longer.

Two months ago, Google also announced the new "Android Excellence" program, which expands on what was known as the Play Store's "Editor's Choice".

When it comes to trying to get rid of the bad Android apps on Google Play Store, Google is using both human involvement and machine learning tools to try to eliminate the problems. Apps that frequently crash, eat up excess battery, or render slowly will find themselves much lower in Play Store searches.

The updated algorithm will continue to be rolled out to the users over the next few days across the world, said the company. When you research an app or you look at the various App Categories on Google Play Store, you will notice the new ranking system.

Google pointed out that the major cause for apps to receive a lower rating is performance issues resulting in crashes and affecting the stability of other app components.

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Mobile market intelligence company Sensor Tower's latest quarterly report said that app downloads totaled 21.8 billion in the last financial quarter-a year-on-year increase of 15.3%. 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. It will also incorporate app quality signals in its ranking algorithms in order to flag faulty apps.

There is no striking around building good apps if you want them to have found but this change will further institutionalise these values across the Play Store.

The Android vitals dashboards are meant to be useful for both developers and business owners alike by offering quick reference performance metrics to monitor an app.

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