Google had a big sweep in 2017 in its app store. More than 700,000 software has been removed. That's more than the total amount of software that Google Play had in 2012.
It's the other side of the coin: because Google is responsible for the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, Google knows that the app store associated with it attracts a huge number of programs. But in the heap, many are dubious, inappropriate, harmful or pale copies that try to ride the popularity of other software.
In these conditions, the American company must regularly sweep in the virtual shelves of Google Play. And when it does, there are not a few dozen applications that are removed because they are in violation of the rules of the platform: it is rather hundreds of thousands of softwares that are ejected from the store dedicated to Android .
The home of Google Play. So, the firm of Mountain View was responsible for removing more than 700 000 applications from Google Play in 2017 because they violated the instructions of the giant of the net. In the extreme majority of cases, it was possible to remove them even before a single installation took place on the terminal of a user. But there is 1% of that total, nearly 7,000 apps, which escaped the patrol.
However, these were later deleted.
According to Google, the volume of applications that were neutralized in 2017 is up 70% compared to 2016. This is an undeniable increase, but these are not atypical figures: we must remember that by the spring of 2013, the group had removed 60,000 applications (which would have theoretically yielded 720,000 removed software if this rate had been maintained throughout the year).
70% increase in the number of ejected applications
Unusual aspect of the figures, Google removed in 2017 more applications perceived as harmful than there were in total on the Google Play in 2012. In September of that year, the firm of Mountain View explained indeed that his app store was home to "675,000 apps and games". And then almost six years have passed and the stalls of the store now offer millions of programs.
Sexually explicit content, the endangerment of minors, violence, gambling, intimidation and harassment, incitement to hatred, illegal activities (especially around drugs, drugs, tobacco and alcohol, when it also concerns minors) and the exploitation of sensitive events are some of the prohibited content on Google Play.
Instructions. Applications are also required to refrain from spoofing and to respect intellectual property. They must also observe good practices in matters of confidentiality and security, not to defraud or spam and, of course, not to harm the user's terminal or personal data.
Action against apps is just one part of Google's strategy to keep your store up and running. Another facet targets developers, with the expulsion of the platform. 100,000 people were released in 2017. According to Google, this cleaning was based on "new models and new detection techniques", especially to identify repeat offenders.