Google kicks 60 000 apps out of its Play store for low quality

Google kicks 60 000 apps out of its Play store for low quality
Google has removed 60 000 application from its Play Store in February alone in what is the biggest clean-up op the application catalog has ever seen. Not all 60 000 were removed by Google - some of them were pulled by the app makers themselves. A few Sprint-bundles apps and others have been confirmed to be out of the Play store because of the developers, not Google, but it seems that the majority are ones Google decided to clean up.

Interestingly, a lot of the deleted apps are related to MP3s or ringtones. Google has several official reasons for deleting apps from Google Play, but it seems that this swipe is not about malware, copyrights or sexual material. Instead, spam and low quality of the apps have forced them out of the store.

Google’s Play Store is a place where every registered developer can freely sell apps. There is no reviewal process prior to publication. However, Google has quickly jumped in to remove the rare occasion when apps with malware make it through the automated filters. Apple in contrast does not rely on automatic tools, but has a small army of reviewers that approve applications before they land in the App Store.

Google and Apple have the largest app catalogs with Apple still leading in terms of quantity with around 800 000 apps. Google is close behind, but we don’t know the exact number of apps on Google Play right now. Google last confirmed it has 700 000 apps on Play as of October 2012.

source: Tech Crunch




Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good dont need them cheap useless apps. Its time these devs and writers to focus on quality fine apps.

15. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'll have to agree here. Google is closing the gap pretty fast, but in return they get quite a lot of bogus apps in the process. I myself don't have an iPhone/iPad but I did get to try my sister's iPad mini. I do have to admit that when it comes to quality of apps, Apple is still ahead. It makes me feel good to hear that Google is doing some seriously needed spring cleaning. The amount of junk apps in the store is overwhelming.

20. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

59,000 of these apps removed were probably malware... That leaves just a few hundred thousand more to go ;o)

24. khurtwilliams

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

Did you read with cognition? "Google has several official reasons for deleting apps from Google Play, but it seems that this swipe is not about malware, copyrights or sexual material."

21. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Is this the first time TROLL has gotten so many likes, with out a dislike?

2. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

LMFAO.... This has everything to do with malware. What's the bet that there were 60,000 bits of msalware floating around the store an google is trying to avoid bad PR.

7. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

If it was malware, then they could have used it for good PR. They could have shown that they are actively working to keep high quality app in the Play Store, and to protect it used from malware.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...because if it was....Google has been so good at keeping that news under wraps. :/ Seriously? Now....really...seriously?

3. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

But according to Apple, the number of apps is the most important metric. You mean Google chose quality over quantity? What a crazy idea!

6. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

No. Apple has it all - quantity AND quality... while Apple bragged about having a lot of quality apps, Google wanted to have as many apps as Apple, but chose the low-quality fast way to do it. People don't achieve good things by doing them fast but with time, patience and hard work.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Its not patience and hardwork, if they wanted to they can use hi quality apps, but will the consumers pay $10 to $20 on fine prestige apps, surely I will™ Hate and don't like cheap free apps™

11. Aeires unregistered

Off base comment. Google gave people the freedom to load apps without draconian, restrictive measures. It's called a free market system. The quantity was a result of that, not because Google just wanted to be the biggest. I'm sure Google wants the same from Play as Apple does the App Store, they want their users to be able to use their devices as they need to, with apps filling in gaps that the OS can't do. Too many people get caught up in the numbers game they forget the obvious right in front of them, it's good for the owner of either market to have quality apps that people will talk about and be drawn to the OS as a result of.

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

Music V6 Downloader has been removed :(

5. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

Google (*kick ass voice*): "Takin' out the traaaash."

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hopefully they removed all those BS "battery saver" and "internet speed booster" apps that do absolutely nothing except generate ad revenue. Want to save your battery? Dim your screen a bit. Want to boost your internet speed? You can't. Rooting your phone can give you options to improve battery life and boost internet speeds (underclocking, ad blocking), but that's an option for the minority, not the majority, Everything else is BS and probably does more harm than good.

10. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Some apps even do nothing beneficial for the ones who downloaded it but just to throw you ads everyday you open your phone

12. Aeires unregistered

Add task killer apps to that list, the OS does it automatically for you as resources are needed. Most task killers make the situation worse, not improve performance.

13. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I approve of this move by google. Like what you said, such apps sometimes do nothing at all other than making the owners think the app is doing something, and spam ads to generate revenue out of it.

14. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012


16. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Hopefully in hose 60,000 apps, they got ride of a lot of those spam live wallpapers.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

60,000?! Wow. That's equivalent to at least 7% of all the apps in the Play Store. Way to set a precedent that they won't tolerate garbage in there. Great move by Google.

18. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

Yes!! I hope that all those called fake apps were deleted There are many apps on GP called fake, even in the description says that is a fake app to fool your friends and it had good rating These apps just install adware and $h!t, I hate that

19. Heretic

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I still crack a smile whenever i read or hear about the number of apps being offered by this one or that one. I wouldn't be the least surprised if someone out there actually tried to download thousands of apps to their phone and/or tablet. lol

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

About 200k apps in the apple appstore have never been touched....way to brag about inferior products.

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