Battery draining unstable Android apps to receive less visibility from Google

Battery draining unstable Android apps to receive less visibility from Google
It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that Google expects developers to submit apps to the Play Store that work great, look great, and run smoothly without a hitch. Your own personal experience might have revealed how this isn't always the case. During Google I/O this past week, the Alphabet subsidiary made it clear that when it comes to apps, the search giant wants developers to follow the rule of the three S's; apps should be speedy, secure and stable.

New tools being provided to developers will allow them to see how often their apps do not respond (the ANR rate), how often they crash, render slowly, and suffer from frozen frames. Google also wants to point out those apps that have a stuck wake lock that keeps a device awake for over an hour. Additionally, excessive wake-ups are also considered a no-no. That is when an app wakes up a device ten or more times in a single hour.

Developers looking through their app's metrics will see an error icon next to any category where a specific app scores poorly. And if a particular app is in the bottom 25% of certain measurement rankings for stability, battery drain or rendering, its developer will be hearing from Google. Those apps that score in the bottom quartile will be punished by losing some visibility in the Google Play Store.

The plan is to get developers to improve legitimate apps while weeding out fake apps, or those that developers don't really care about. If you are an app developer by profession, or just part-time, click on the sourcelink to see if any of your apps fall inside the bottom 25% and need some TLC to improve the user experience.

source: Google via Engadget

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15 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

This is great news. If you put an app in the Play Store that constantly freezes and drains battery, you don't deserve recognition. If only Google truly weeded out the crummy apps and only left the ones that work perfectly...

2. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

A lie. Facebook app's gonna stay on top.

4. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Facebook's app is a joke. I have gained so much more battery life since switching to just using my mobile browser (Samsung Browser) to access Facebook.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I access Facebook through the mobile site with my browser too. The app is crap, drains battery like hell and causing my phone to heat up quickly... Not to mention it consumes storage space as if it was a 3D game, consuming over 250MB of space. Crap.

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

That app should take 25 MB at most.

3. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Facebook Chrome I sincerely hope this true because Android apps aren't always as polished as their counterparts on iOS.

8. willard12 unregistered

This "polished apps" cliche doesn't seem to be based on facts. "The study also found that apps crash almost 3 times more on iPhones than Android devices" http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-iphones-behind-android-phones-performance-efficiency-survey-says-2541218

15. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Nice deflection right there.

5. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I use facebook lite which works very well. It doesn't​drain the battery lile it's bigger sibling

6. samgsam

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

*like

9. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It means that Facebook will be dead last.

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Facebook is horrible on Android and Windows, much better to use the browser. Wonder if Google Chrome is in the bottom 25%, app is slow and drains battery too. Samsung's browser is superior and allows ad blocking.

11. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Why Android allows app delvelopers to continue to ruin their own experience is insane. That's why I'm going back to IOS once again. I love the S8 plus but I can't deal with having to freeze apps, use the mobile version.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"but I can't deal with having to freeze apps, use the mobile version." WTF?

13. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

So i guess FB will be banned? I sure hope so.

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