Google is rolling out a series of tweaks for the Play Store search feature to focus on app quality, thus trying to help users discover apps that do not affect device performance in any way.
In an announcement today, Google says that it’s specifically targeting apps causing excessive battery usage, slow render times, and crashes, explaining that these can become “a source of frustration,” so users should avoid them. This is why the new search and discovery algorithms put the focus on quality, with apps experiencing performance issues to be harder to find.
“We recently enhanced our search and discovery algorithms to reflect app quality. This results in higher quality apps being surfaced in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality (eg: apps that exhibit more frequent crashes). The change has had a positive impact on engagement — we’ve seen that peop… (read more)
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