We all know that Google Play Store is filled with a lot of applications, from which some are quality apps, while others are trash or malwares, basically useless. Google does the job of refining the Play Store from such apps by not letting it get to the public, or if it had allowed, then by removing it.
In 2017, Google removed 700,000 apps from the play store. Yes that is a huge number, and the company has to work on it to make the user experience better.
Google Play Product Manager Andrew Ahn said,
“Not only did we remove more bad apps, we were able to identify and action against them earlier. In fact, 99% of apps with abusive contents were identified and rejected before anyone could install them.”
He also said that the company has removed around 100,000 app developers through better detection models and techniques, making it “more difficult for bad actors to create new accounts and attempt to publish yet another set of bad apps.”
The apps removed were under these categories,
- Copycats: attempting to deceive users by impersonating famous apps
- Inappropriate Content: such as pornography, extreme violence, hate, and illegal activities
- Potentially Harmful Applications: malware that can harm people or their devices
Ahn has also mentioned that he would catch hold of the developers who sneak through the security and publish their app in the Store.
We know a few still manage to evade and trick our layers of defense. We take these extremely seriously, and will continue to innovate our capabilities to better detect and protect against abusive apps and the malicious actors behind them.
The Play Store packs more than 3 Million apps and it becomes hard for the company to find the dirt in it, but still they try their best.