Google have announced that they have changed Android's Play Store algorithms which decide on the ranking on applications and how likely users are to see them. The change aims to improve the discovery and popularity of high quality apps and games, and demote those which face regular stability issues and crashes. The company says that this is partially as a result of an internal analysis of apps in the Play Store which found that half of one-star reviews mentioned stability as one of the reasons for such a low rating.
Google states that the change has already had a positive effect on user engagement. "We've seen that people go on to use higher quality apps more and uninstall them less," the company mentions in their blog post.
However, Google doesn't want just high quality apps and games to be used, with the rest being ignored. The company provides several ways for developers to improve their applications. Firstly, features in the Play Console (like Android Vitals and the pre-launch report) can be used to find and fix a range of issues. Google also recommends regularly checking the application's ratings and reviews to receive valuable user feedback.
"Google Play strives to help people find and discover safe, high quality, useful, and relevant apps. By focusing on the quality and performance of your app, you'll find more success on Google Play," the company says.