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Google patents method for fighting evil clones in the Play Store

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Google patents method for fighting evil clones in the Play Store
Whenever there is a popular new game that hits mobile, there are always a bunch of evil clones that come along to capitalize on the success of the original. It is a constant struggle for companies like Apple and Google to keep clones out of their respective app stores, but Google has apparently come up with a method to fight back against clones, according to a new patent filing.

Google applied for the patent back in June 2013, and the patent itself gets pretty complicated very quickly. It is essentially a multi-layered approach which uses various processes to determine a "similarity rating" for apps, and generate signatures for apps which can then be compared to determine which came first, and how alike they are. If two apps are too similar in code or "trusted assets", Google determines which one is the original, and would remove the others. Of course, being an advocate of open-source, Google has also devised a way to sort out apps that are using code that is freely available to be used by others. 

There is no word yet on this feature coming to Google Play, but it seems to be the logical use case for a system like this. It would certainly help to clear out the myriad Flappy Bird clones that you'll find. 

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 22:46

1. AfterShock (Posts: 2803; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


This'll be something the other Eco system over lords will not steal/copy ever.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:05 4

2. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Google Play Store, the single biggest improvement to Android. I remember the early days when you could literally view every new app daily because the market was so small. Things like this are needed now, good move on Google to keep things tidy, now get this implemented please.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 06:02 1

7. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Now it's really hard to find anything in the play store unless you know the name already google should really work on the categories and the way they are sorted.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 10:00

9. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Tech sites have helped too, with app reviews. Android Police has a large weekly review of new apps that covers all the categories well.

Still though, Google is continually working on making it better. In comparison to the store that Cupcake had, it's come a very long way. What I'd like to see is a way to clean up incorrect category placement of apps. I'm sure there are some developers who deliberately use key words to get their apps placed in more categories, this needs to stop. When I'm looking for a notepad app, I don't need wallpaper or flashlight apps in the search list, as an example.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 23:31 3

3. Totse2k15 (Posts: 259; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Good. Less junk apps and copycat.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 02:17

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1428; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Way to go google!!!!

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 08:58 1

8. Subhajyotidas5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)


Sorry, you are a CSK fan?

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 02:33

5. Sriniva1995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Thus would mean that the total app count would be less than 700,000!! As half of the apps are fake..... this would also mean that app gap between windows and others would reduce significantly

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 05:08

6. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It's time they have really good quality apps than Apple.

Cheap apps should be thrown out.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 11:05

10. fzacek (Posts: 1671; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Yeah, Google needs to clear out the thousands of flashlight apps, for example.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 13:23

11. tacarat (Posts: 148; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


But will they keep good clones and throw out crappy originals? I mean, Flexo was a pretty nice guy...

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