Google Play Store will throw the ban hammer on copycat apps and some in-app ads

Admin, Saturday, July 30, 2022
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tl; DR

  • The Google Play Store is making some positive changes for consumers to the policies of apps and games.
  • One of the changes will block fake apps and games that are designed to look like other popular apps.
  • Another change will block apps that create interstitial ads that pop up without warning.

If you have downloaded apps from the Google Play Store, you might have encountered and been complaining about some annoying issues, such as apps that keep creating ads or apps and games that are designed to look like popular apps. Google seems to have listened to these complaints and is doing some of them Policy changes on the Play Store(Across 9to5Google) to get rid of these types of applications.

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one change, Which comes into force on August 31Apps that are designed to look like other apps by their names, logos, or icons will be blocked. Google states, “We don’t allow apps that mislead users by impersonating another person (for example, another developer, company or entity) or another app.” They have also posted some examples of this kind of fake apps and logos which will not be allowed on the Play Store in a few weeks time.

Another big change Which will come into effect on September 30th, to block full-screen interstitial ads that appear “unexpectedly, usually when the user chooses to do something else”. This will include ads that appear during the start of the game, or before the application loading screen. Also, all interstitial ads in apps must be shutdown within 15 seconds or less in order to be allowed in the Play Store. Google has also published some examples of the types of in-app ads that won’t be allowed after September 30th.

There are several other Play Store policy changes that will take effect over the coming weeks and months. Many of them are aimed at developers, but some of them may affect consumer applications. One of them, which will take effect on August 31, will ban apps that make “misleading health claims that are inconsistent with current medical consensus, or could cause harm to users.” Also, as of September 30, Google says that all apps that offer subscriptions must allow users to “easily cancel their subscriptions from within the app.”

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