Gizmodo: New Google Play Store Rules Aim to Weed Out Spammy Apps

Gizmodo: New Google Play Store Rules Aim to Weed Out Spammy Apps. “In an attempt to boost confidence in its Play Store offerings, Google has announced new rules that will look to weed out misleading, low-quality apps from its marketplace. In an update published Thursday, the company announced new metadata policies designed to moderate how developers present their apps. The rules, meant to drive more ‘meaningful downloads’ for consumers, will take effect later this year.”

TechCrunch: Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year

TechCrunch: Google Play drops commissions to 15% from 30%, following Apple’s move last year. “The Android-maker said on Tuesday that starting July 1, it is reducing the service fee for Google Play to 15% — down from 30% — for the first $1 million of revenue developers earn using Play billing system each year. The company will levy a 30% cut on every dollar developers generate through Google Play beyond the first $1 million in a year, it said.”

ZDNet: Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices

ZDNet: Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices. “On Tuesday, Check Point Research (CPR) said in a blog post that the Android applications appear to have been submitted by the same threat actor who created new developer accounts for each app. The dropper was loaded into otherwise innocent-looking software and each of the 10 apps were utilities, including Cake VPN, Pacific VPN, BeatPlayer, QR/Barcode Scanner MAX, and QRecorder.”

Google Blog: New tools make children’s books easier to read

Google Blog: New tools make children’s books easier to read. “As we celebrate National Read Across America Day in the United States, I’m reminded of aspiring readers like my daughter, who experiences both the joys and the challenges of books. Google Play Books recently introduced a set of tools to help new readers and their families enjoy the process of learning how to read.”

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support. “Yes, just listing standard video player features like support for the ‘ASS’ subtitle format was apparently enough to temporarily earn a suspension. The developer says they ‘immediately filed an appeal’ and today, the app is back up with the ASS subtitle listing still in the description.” ASS in this case stands for “Advanced Sub Station Alpha” and I really hope y’all get this newsletter after so many iterations of a Word The Robots Do Not Like.

Android Police: The best Google Play Store alternatives for buying music, books, movies, and TV shows

Android Police: The best Google Play Store alternatives for buying music, books, movies, and TV shows . “When Google discontinued Play Music, it also decided to pull the plug for the Play Store music section. That means you can no longer purchase songs from Google. A YouTube Music or Premium subscription is the only option going forward if you want to access songs through the company. That’s a bummer because the Play Store is no longer a one-stop solution for all of your media needs, and there aren’t a whole lot of full-fledged alternatives. But if you’re looking to decouple parts of your digital life from Google, there are a few things you can do.”

Drain the App Store swamp: Elect an independent third party (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Drain the App Store swamp: Elect an independent third party. “If you’re a developer on the two major mobile application stores — Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store — there is no democracy whatsoever. As a developer for Apple, you aren’t even allowed to mention to your customers that they can buy directly from you, outside of the App Store. You can’t even say ‘visit our website for current pricing’ with a link. Both companies take an approach to running their app stores that would make any authoritarian leader proud.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google to increase push for apps to give cut of in-app purchases

BNN Bloomberg: Google to increase push for apps to give cut of in-app purchases. “While this requirement has existed for years, some major developers including Netflix Inc., Spotify Technology SA, Match Group Inc. and Epic Games Inc., have circumvented the rule. Netflix and Spotify apps prompt consumers to pay using a credit card, rather than their Play app store account, bypassing Google’s fee. Last year, Match Group’s Tinder dating app launched a similar payment process.”

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do

Tom’s Guide: Android scam affects nearly 60 Google Play apps — what to do. “Another week, another batch of sketchy Android apps purged from the Google Play store. This time, it’s a group of nearly 60 apps that promised you free footwear, coupons or concert tickets if you left the apps installed. But the apps actually downloaded a secret web browser and used it to perform ad fraud — displaying hidden ads you’d never see but for which the app makers got paid.”

Neowin: Google Play Music shutdown will commence in September

Neowin: Google Play Music shutdown will commence in September. “Google’s push to get Play Music users to transfer to YouTube Music started to get more aggressive in May when it launched a tool to move an entire music library from the old service to the new. That was in preparation for Google’s plan to shutter Play Music later this year. Today, the search giant announced the timeline for the Play Music shutdown.”

OneZero: Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.

OneZero: Google Purged Almost 1,000 Abusive ‘Creeperware’ Apps. Now Some Are Coming Back.. “In June 2019, a group of cybersecurity researchers notified Google of more than 1,000 potentially malicious apps on the company’s Play Store that can be used to surveil, monitor, and harass users. Their findings, which have not previously been reported, eventually led to one of the largest ever mass removals of Android apps. Less than a year later, there are signs that the ‘creeperware,’ as the researchers called it, is returning.”

Neowin: New Google Play policies crack down on background location access and more

Neowin: New Google Play policies crack down on background location access and more. “Google is once again updating its Google Play policies to crack down on malicious app behaviors that could hurt a user’s privacy and safety. Today’s updates focus mostly on three aspects – access to the user’s location in the background, deceitful in-app subscriptions, and manipulated media.”