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Battery draining unstable Android apps to receive less visibility from Google

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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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posted on 20 May 2017, 12:12 1

1. aegislash (Posts: 1038; Member since: 27 Jan 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...

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:13 17

2. Podrick (Posts: 1142; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


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

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:43 3

4. aegislash (Posts: 1038; Member since: 27 Jan 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.

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:21 2

7. trojan_horse (Posts: 4930; Member since: 06 May 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.

posted on 21 May 2017, 09:13

14. Podrick (Posts: 1142; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


That app should take 25 MB at most.

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:33 1

3. Flash (Posts: 1423; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Facebook
Chrome

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

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:57 9

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

posted on 21 May 2017, 11:28

15. Flash (Posts: 1423; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Nice deflection right there.

posted on 20 May 2017, 12:59 3

5. samgsam (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


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

posted on 20 May 2017, 13:00

6. samgsam (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


*like

posted on 20 May 2017, 14:35

9. Cat97 (Posts: 327; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


It means that Facebook will be dead last.

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:31 3

10. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 523; Member since: 12 Jul 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.

posted on 20 May 2017, 15:38

11. mike2959 (Posts: 578; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 20 May 2017, 18:53 3

12. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


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

WTF?

posted on 20 May 2017, 20:14 1

13. dmitrilp_ (Posts: 330; Member since: 12 Sep 2016)


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

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