You know how it is believed that the Android platform is more prone to malware compared to iOS? Well, Google wants to better protect the community and hence, the company is now reviewing apps before they are published into the Play Store for the public to download.
This is similar to what Apple is doing with its App Store. Once a developer submits an app for review, the team will check the app to make sure it is safe for the public to download the app. This may sound like a troublesome and slow process for developers, but Google says that it will only take hours to approve or reject an application. In fact, this process has been on-going for months now and Google says that “there has been no noticeable change for developers during the rollout”.
On top of that, Google is also implementing a new age-based rating system for apps and games on the Play Store. This means that developers are now required to complete a content rating questionnaire for each of their apps and games to receive objective content rating. The new rating system includes official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) and its participating bodies including Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Pan-European Game Information (PEGI), Australian Classification Board, and more. It’s a free process, and it will improve the experience for both developers and users.