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Google Modifies Rules for Android App Developers to Prevent Malware & Spam
(11-08-2012)
 
 

If you an Android App Developers, developing mobile apps for Google’s Play Store, then you might be facing a lot of new and altered rules. According to latest reports coming in, Google has made several changes and modifications in their rules for developers submitting apps to their Google Play Store. Many of these changes have been incorporated to take care of the malicious behavior and spam. Among the most noticeable changes, there is the new restriction on the naming and icon of the app, which are similar to some other apps, to avoid any sort of confusion. Along with this, the Google Play team said that they would be giving additional information on the apps that will not be allowed on the Google Play, these apps includes the apps which reveal personal information without consent. In their e-mail, Google said that they would be providing more examples of practices, which violates their spam policy. In addition to that, Google will also be incorporating a new segment, which will address the behavior of ads in app. Google wants to make sure that the ads running on the apps should follow the same rules that the app itself. Google also want to make sure that the performance of ads does not affect the overall experience of the app by distracting the consumer or by obstructing the access to the app. Google and Apple removed an app called "Find and Call" from their respective app stores after they found it to be giving the contact list of the users to a remote server and consequently spamming the contacts with several messages. The app claimed of being designed and developed to assist the uses in organizing their address books. Google as a part of their policy directs that the apps should be non-malicious and they are proscribed to collect any information without the consent from the user. The policy also bans the app from sending any sort of SMS (Short Message Service), email or any other messages in aid of the user without giving the confirmation of content and recipient from the user. There’s one another provision, which stops the apps whose main function is to bring associated traffic for a website or to give a comprehensive Web View of any website, which is not administered or developed without the authentication of the owner/administrator. Google has also modified their payment related policies and the way they handle the cancellations in their new subscription billing feature.