In response to the changing times, the search engine behemoth Google Inc. is tightening screws on the applications that are being uploaded to the Play Store. The company has put in place a special team to screen the new applications for bugs, sexually explicit material and malware. It has put in this mechanism to strengthen its age-related rating system so that its products are in tune with time. Like Apple, Google has its operating system running in different devices. To be more precise, Google has its proprietary Android software powering various devices. Every year, developers make a large number of applications whose functionalities range from calendars to video games. So, it is quite natural to see an updated system in place to check the new applications developed by developers across the world. In this article, we would be looking at the rules the search engine behemoth has introduced for the first time for the benefit of the readers who plan to develop new applications.
The people who want quality applications look forward to the Google Play Store for downloading them. The applications that are up for grabs include digital games, entertainment software, gaming applications and social media applications. The Silicon Valley software company wants to bring certain rules to tighten the quality before uploading the applications to the Play Store. A content quality team would check whether the applications getting uploaded follow the stipulated standards in the software industry. However, it is not putting in place as stringent rules as what the Cupertino Company has incorporated in its applications store to set high benchmark of quality. Yet, it has made sure that the rules are in sync with the changing times so that only relevant applications get uploaded to its Google Play Store.
1. An expert team will screen each application submitted by developers to find any variation in the content as per the rules laid. Earlier, it used automated technology for screening the applications. The manual intervention is reintroduced to catch and solve the glitches the automated system has ignored.
2. Developers will have to answer certain questions listed in the questionnaires about their applications so that independent review organizations can rate them based on their intended use.
3. Applications submitted without the accompanying questionnaires are liable to get rejected by the expert team. Hence, it will not be published in the Google Play Store..
4. Existing applications that don’t have any rating from the independent agencies would summarily be blocked to bring a level playing ground across the world. This move is certain to help the developers from the developing world to get the required exposure in the global software development industry.