There are two major players for apps on mobile devices today. The App Store by Apple and the Google Play Store. Both these entities are responsible for showcasing and providing a platform to download apps on their respective systems. Google’s Play Store, due to Android’s vast market share, is clearly the bigger contender here. While that is the case, it has been Apple who has been quite careful and thorough in their app review process.
Meanwhile, in the past, Google has not been so keen on reviewing these apps. In recent news, according to XDADevelopers though, there has been a certain reform by the company.
According to the news piece by XDADevelopers, Google has introduced a new level of reviewing process for “certain developers”. In that, the company would take up extra time in order to review the apps submitted by them, to make sure they are up to the standard for the final user. While this is quite a good step and one that is in a growing direction, there are certain flaws to it. Currently, the developers are still not used to the idea of how to deal with the situation. It is due to the fact that Google has left the whole process quite ambiguous. After submitting the app, developers are given the warning regarding the review process which can take anywhere between 1-3 days or more. They are redirected to a support page which further explains the timeline, according to the developer.
This most certainly would mess up developers’ timeline for their app to go live and would also create confusion for a while. But, in my opinion, when developers get used to the idea of the new process, this is a good step and would most certainly increase the quality of apps coming on the Play Store. It would also mean that a lot of scam apps that were available before, would be avoided.