Google has described four main reasons for suspending a developer’s Android app from the Google Play Store, and has launched a new course that teaches developers how to avoid being kicked out for WebView spam.
Google has analyzed developer compliance with its Google Play Developer Policies and Developer Distributor Agreement, and has now highlighted some of the main ways developers are breaking its terms, which has led Google to exclude apps from Google Play.
Deleting apps makes life difficult for app developers, which is why Google has described the common “mistakes” developers make to help them prevent their accounts from being blocked by the Big Guardian. Google released its recommendations when it released its new Developer Program policy, which went into effect on October 21.
Of particular concern are apps with buttons and menus that link to pages outside of the Play Store. These links are either to apps from the same developer or to other apps that may be affiliated with the developer, but are not clearly labeled as advertisements or promotional links.
“Without this clarity, apps can be applied to have deceptive / disguised advertisements. One way to avoid such errors is to explicitly call them by labeling buttons and links as ‘More apps’,” More games, “” Explore, “” Check out our other apps, “” warned Andrew Ahn, product manager for Google Play app security.
Google is communicating the advice on the assumption that developers only make mistakes that violate its policies rather than doing things maliciously.
Ahn says Google regularly finds developers stuffing keywords into app descriptions to help the app be discovered on its crowded app store. According to Statista, as of September, the Play Store has 2.7 million apps, while the App Store hosts 1.8 million apps.
Blocks of text and lists with repetitive descriptions or words unrelated to the app violate Google’s promotion and promotion policy.
“Writing a clear description of the application intended and optimized for readability and user understanding is one of the best ways to avoid this violation,” notes Ahn.
Some of the 2.7 million Android apps on the Play Store are broken because the developers abandoned them. This creates problems for Android Play Store users, and developers run the risk of violating Google’s “minimum functionality policy”, which could affect their developer account with Google and therefore other applications created by Google. the creator of the application.
“To mitigate the negative impact on the reputation of developers and the app’s app, consider unpublishing these apps from the Play Store,” Ahn writes.
Google also does not approve of app submissions that are just repackaged websites as apps, as most of them are simply designed to drive traffic to a website rather than giving users Android a reason to use an app.
Google considers them to be “WebView spam” and removes them. WebView allows developers to view web content in an application. Instead, developers need to think about how an app can deliver something better than what’s already available on a website.
To help developers understand the difference between an interesting app and one that just replicates a website, Google posted a Webview spam course on Play Academy.
The course promises to teach application developers how to align application behavior with Google Play’s policy on WebView spam, how to differentiate between examples of acceptable and unauthorized application behavior related to WebView spam, and how to avoid instances of WebView spam in applications.