Google Play Store now penalizes poorly performing apps in rankings

Bad Android Apps Officially Getting Downgraded in Google Play Store

Google Play Store will now rank apps according to performances

Google said that they are working to develop a variety of "quality signals" related to an app's performance to determine its new ranking.For example, now it will take into accounts stuffs like app crashes, battery usage, how many uninstalls the app and other things.

App developers need to be aware of this change, especially if they've received low ratings due to quality issues in the past: Unless you're highly ranked, searches in the Play Store likely account for quite a few of your installs and this change could cause that number to drop.

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First off, Google recommends taking a good look at the Android Vitals dashboard in the Google Play Console. "This results in higher quality apps being surfaced in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality", Google stated.

The decision by Google to roll out an algorithm that weeds out the bad apps comes at a time when global app downloads continue to defy the concept of peak app.

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The Google Play Store was updated with support for Notification Channels earlier this week, with the Mountain View, California-based tech giant still being in the process of distributing the latest version of its Android app marketplace to all users. Google has found that the majority of users that leave 1-star reviews for apps complain about instability issues, leading to frequent crashes. 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.

For example, Android Vitals automatically analyzes app reports to show devs pertinent info about app issues, while pre-launch reports show the results of testing an alpha or beta app on popular consumer devices.

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"The change has had a positive impact on engagement - we've seen that people go on to use higher-quality apps more and uninstall them less". "By focusing on the quality and performance of your app, you'll find more success on Google Play", the company added. Find out how crowdtesting can ensure your digital product works in the real world.

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