Google Play Downranking Buggy Apps

by Developer.com Staff

Mobile development firms have new incentive to make sure their Android apps aren't crashing often.

In a blog post, Google announced that it is altering its search and discovery algorithms so that high-performing apps rank higher than low-performing apps. The performance ranking takes into consideration crash rates, battery consumption, uninstall rates and render times. According to the company, about half of one-star reviews cite app stability as a reason for the poor review.

Google already began quietly testing the feature with a small group of users and found that engagement went up as a result. It plans to roll it out to everyone over the next several days.

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This article was originally published on Friday Aug 4th 2017
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