Google is known as the best technology-driven organization that consistently work to provide quality services to users worldwide. Even after Google’s safety oversight over its already-huge Android ecosystem has advanced with a new enhancement, malware applications still keep coming back to Google Play Store. But, Google looks highly active to resolve such issues.
Often just reposting an already spotted malware app from a freshly made Play Store account, or using some other developers’ present accounts, is sufficient for ‘bad-faith’ developers to trick the Play Store into issuing unsafe applications particularly to Android users.
Meanwhile, the digital device platform is developing quickly, every new effort Google makes actually comes with trade-offs for better user experience.
Let’s discuss some real facts form your better understanding. For instance, Google recently created some variations in its Play Store guidelines/policies and integrated new control in Android APIs that now creates it compulsory for every new app to undergo difficult security testing and review process before coming in the Google Play Store.
- Controlling developers from abusing Android accessibility facilities
- Restricting apps entrance to specific permissions like call logs and SMS permissions
- Including behavior-based malware scanner
- Retaining humans to review Android apps before they hit the play store
- Introducing bug bounty for Android apps, and much more
Experts are appreciating it as a good step towards betterment. Unfortunately, several developers are not satisfied with the procedure, and managing of manually reviewed scenarios after the team of specialists at Google designed false-positive malware and policy violation detections and unsuccessful to timely answer developers on whether their apps meet policy necessities.
In a blog post, Google Vice President of Product Management stated that When they initiated enforcing these new SMS and Call Log policies, numerous people expressed frustration about the decision making process.
Ongoing its efforts over this ground, Google has now publicized the organization’s plan to get more detailed communication with developers, clarifying why a decision was taken, as well as offering them improved and transparent evaluations and appeal procedure. This step will provide advantages to developers as well.
Google explains that the company is expanding its “team to help accelerate the appeals process.”
Moreover, Google has also made a strategy to spend more time in revising Android apps by new developers before positive them to go live in Google Play Store in a determination to avoid taking decisions in error.
The review for an application from any new developer who doesn’t have a confirmed track record with the tech giant will now take “days, not weeks,” permitting the organization to do “more comprehensive checks” before approving apps to publish over the Play Store.
“While the majority of app developers on Android are well-meaning, some accounts are blocked for serious, repeated violation of policies that secure our shared users,” Android developers shared in a blog post.
“While more than 99% of these blocked account decisions are correct, we are also very sensitive to how powerful it can be if your account has been restricted in error.”
From now, those developer accounts disable in error can directly appeal any execution, which will be sensibly reviewed by the Android team. If the team discover that a mistake has been made, it will restore the account with all provided accesses.