Google Play Top Developer program will be closed by the end of May


Sad news for certain Android developers, as Google announced that one of its programs that recognize partners who create top quality apps and games would be closed within 30 days.

The Google Play Top Developer program is coming to an end after several years. Apparently, the search giant conducted research with developers and consumers and noticed that they prefer Google to focus on individual apps and games rather than of entire organizations.

As a direct consequence, the Top Developer program will be closed probably by the end of the month, and the badging from the Play Store will be removed as well.

The program will most likely be replaced with something else, which Google has already teased in the email sent to Android developers.


The announcement is certainly no bad news for many Android developers who did not have their products highlighted since they didn't belong to organizations. Hopefully, what's coming next will better help Android devs of all calibers.

source: Google via AndroidPolice

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1 Comment

1. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Honestly this is not sad news for anyone. The program was defected from the start, if you had an amazing app and you didn't belong to an organization then you won't be featured anyways. So the only apps that were featured were apps that had been developed by large corporations or people who belonged to large corporations.

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