Google Play Store doubles down on user security by increasing approval time for new apps

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If you are an Android user, there is a high possibility that the Google Play Store is your go-to place for any app you need. Besides stemming from the same company as Android itself, it comes preloaded with most smartphones so it is basically your only available option from the get-go. Just recently, Google Play Store had to take down 85 adware apps and before that, it took down seven stalkerware apps. In the light of these recent happenings, it is no surprise that the platform is taking more time to thoroughly check new apps being submitted for review.

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As the official Android app store, Google Play Store has an obligation to ensure that the apps on its platform are safe and hassle-free. However, it has to provide a serene environment for developers to flourish as well and with as little stress as possible. Nonetheless, the recent change in the review process is necessary considering the inconvenience some of the apps on the platform have cost users before it was removed. On the other hand, the change does not apply to every account as per this;

Note: For certain developer accounts, we’ll take more time to thoroughly review your app(s) to help better protect users. You’ll receive a notification on your app’s Dashboard about how long this should take. We recommend that you adjust your planning to include a buffer period of at least three days between submitting your app and going live.

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Also, the changes appear not to affect updates to existing apps review and established developer on the platform as they generally have fast reviews. The Director of Android Developer Relations, Mr. Lehrbaum made a statement saying ” while it would be ideal for developers to have very quick app reviews, Google also needs to balance it out with the ability to keep users safe”. This makes sense, instead of taking malicious apps down after it has gone live, putting preventive measures in place that would increase the chances of detecting them is a far better alternative.