Google reveals major Play Store app ranking shake-up


Google has announced a change that it will soon be rolling out to its Play Store and according to that, the better performing apps will now get more preference in the Store than the non-performing ones.

Google will make use of parameters like "performance data, user engagement and ratings" to create "quality signals" for apps which will affect their ranking on category app listings as well as search. The apps, that experiences fewer crashes and the ones that do not drain your smartphone's battery-life that much, will now be placed on the top and those with bugs and other performance issues will hang somewhere below.

The move will see apps which offer better stability and usability appear higher on ranking lists, offering users a better all-round experience when downloading and using new services.

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This means that the most visible apps in the Play Store will be less likely to crash, behave weirdly, or even ask for more permissions than they should.

Google has revealed it taking steps to try to reduce the amount of crappy apps which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. "This results in higher quality apps being surfaced in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality", Google stated. The impetus for this change came after Google realized that around half of the 1-star reviews on the Google Play Store were about app stability problems.

The company said that people enjoy apps which meet their performance and quality expectations.