Google Play improves the screening to publish applications

Google Play sieve has always been known for doing little or nothing when it comes to filtering apps. Any developer can sign up for the Google platform and publish an app. This will only go through the filters that detect viruses, but not correct functionality or minimum quality. You can literally upload an app that doesn’t do anything as long as it doesn’t have any malware or viruses. It seems that things will change from now on, as Google Play is reviewing some applications that are trying to be published in the store. This is not good news for developers, but it is good news for end users.

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Google Play is characterized by not denying entry to anyone. This has meant that over the years there are millions of applications in the store and not all of them are interesting. It is something that does not happen in the Apple app store, or at least not in such an abusive way as in Google Play.

Google Play is sending certain developers a message when trying to publish their app on Google Play.  What used to be an automatic process that only took a few minutes can now take up to three days. We do not know if it is random, but Google Play is reviewing some of the applications that are trying to be published in its store. Such a review should not determine whether or not an application has malware, but rather it will delve deeper into the quality and functionality of the application.

We don’t know how the quality standards for publishing an app on Google Play have changed, so we can’t jump for joy at the moment. What is quite clear is that Google has put the batteries so that the new applications in its store meet some essential requirements. If the Google worker determines that it is not a valid application to be on Google Play, he could send a report to the developer to implement a series of changes.

At the moment it is something that is not happening with all the applications or with all the developers that publish on Google Play. It would be quite complicated to carry out this review with 100% of the applications that are published daily, although we quite like this first measure by Google.


Google Play: A secure app distribution platform

Records show that Google Play minimizes the risk of Potentially Harmful Applications (POAs) being installed on Android devices. The annual Android review report published on the Google security blog shows how devices that install apps exclusively from Google Play (rather than from unknown sources) are at much lower risk.

Google Play and Android work together to keep Android user experiences safe by scanning all apps published on Google Play for malware and vulnerabilities. Google Play also ensures that app updates are always signed by the original developer, which prevents them from being hijacked.


Work Profile Support

A work profile is a logical space provisioned on an Android device that keeps work and personal data separate. You may need to modify your app to work reliably on a device with a work profile (see How to set up managed profiles for detailed best practices). Many apps are already supported, but always test yours with the BasicManagedProfile sample app to make sure.


Managed configuration options

The app should support managed settings so that IT administrators can remotely configure apps for all users or individual users. Examples of these configuration options include the following:

Setting up the server address and protocol: For example, a user might have difficulty setting up a VPN client app manually. Allows the IT administrator to push the entire configuration package directly to the user’s device. That way, the user will be able to use the app right away.

Ability to turn features on or off: For example, you might want to offer multiple cloud storage backends for your app, but a company might want to allow use of one they’ve already purchased. For that reason, it is advisable that you allow the blocking.

SSO boot login  hint for optimal user login experience.

Check out the Android Enterprise I/O presentation to see these examples in action.

In the app, you can specify which settings can be configured, and you must publish that information to managed Google Play.

If you update your app’s managed configuration schema, make sure it remains backward compatible. Maintaining that compatibility is recommended, as multiple users may have different versions of your app (at least temporarily), and IT admins will want to have a consistent remote configuration experience between versions to ensure effective app management.

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