Android is home to 2 billion devices in the world. With such a huge base, a big number of Android users will be logging into Android store adding more to the app ecosystem. Such huge numbers imply that App developers and app publishers must know everything that goes on in Google Play.

Any changes made to the Google Play store affect everyone. It is best to be updated and prepared for any changes. Let’s look at some of the recent changes to the Google Play store.

The top developer program has been discontinued

Google has stopped the top developer program and the chosen apps are now displayed with the Editor’s Choice badge. The main aim was to focus more on individual games and apps that are worth noting. The idea behind this was to select apps with top quality.

Android excellence collections

Android excellence is an expansion of the play store in order to feature a collection of apps that gives amazing experience by utilizing many of Google’s best practices. To appear in this section, the app must have great design, technical performance, device optimization etc.

Google is back with play awards

It is an annual award that recognizes outstanding developers for making quality apps and games, adopting new platforms and driving innovation. The requirement for participating in the awards is five-star rating and exceptional technical performance.

Google updated its play store icon

Earlier this year, Google went all minimal with its designing. The Google Play Store icon got a revamp when Google decides to drop the grey bag you see in the icon above. The new icon has the colorful triangle with rounded edges. The new icon was first started with the Pixel devices and now it comes, to begin with, all devices.

Google introduced a new security system

Google has introduced a new security system which routinely scans every app on your Android device for security. The security system will continuously update apps. If it finds any threats activities, steps will be taken against it. Play Protect will also warn you about apps that are not downloaded from the Play store. Just to ensure your Android device and data are safe.


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