Google Play Top Developer program will be closed by the end of May1
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.