Millions of apps are updated every day, but rarely there are changes in the Google Play Store. This year, Google has some important updates for the Android apps’ storage house.
Without taking too much time, let’s get right into it:
1. App Store-like privacy labels
A few months back, Apple introduced a new feature called, “App privacy labels” where all apps have to list down their data collection practices. This includes data that can be used to track you, data linked to you and data not linked to you.
Google has now said it will be introducing similar requirements for Android apps this year. The company plans to add a new “Safety Section” to the Google Play Store. Here, Google will ask app developers to mention accurate information on the type of data collected and how the data will be used.
Google will also mention a few other things such as whether the data collected can be deleted, whether the app can function without sharing the data, whether the app’s safety section has been audited by a third-party or not, and whether the app has some kind of data encryption.
Google plans to share more details about the new changes by this summer. Meanwhile, developers can start adding the information by the end of this year. The deadline for apps to do the necessary changes is Q2 2022.
2. Spammy app titles going away
If you have ever looked for an app on the Google Play Store, you would have noticed the generic titles of Android apps like a video editor titled “the best video editor.” Some Android apps even have emojis on their titles.
However, that is about to change as Google has released new guidelines for names of Android apps. The rules will go into effect in the second half of 2021. Based on the new policy, an Android app’s name cannot have words such as “free”, “download”, “fast”; basically no unnecessary descriptors.
Other than that, the name cannot have random capitalization, emojis, things like “Best Video Editor” and other unnecessary and misleading elements.
While Google won’t be banning defaulters, it will reduce their presence on the Google Play Store, which will eventually cost profits to app developers.
3. Play Store redesign
Big UI changes are coming up in the My Apps & Games section on the Google Play Store. According to Android Police, the section will now be called, “Manage apps and devices.”
Also, Google will remove all the current sections (Updates, Installed, Library, and Share) and replace them with two new tabs: Overview and Manage.
As you can see in the screenshots, the new Overview section includes storage info, Play Protect status, the option to share apps, and a new “All apps up to date” option which will include the Updates Pending page.
Google has begun rolling out the new Google Play Store update, however only a small number of users have received it.
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