With more than 2.4 million applications available on Google Play, it is increasingly difficult for a new application to be noticed and reach high positions on the tops. Unless you do trap, and that there is a time in Google Play: automated installations, false reviews and incentive to put a review are the order of the day.
Google has announced on its developer blog that will improve the system by which filters out this kind of abuse of the system to promote applications using traps. The publication does not fit into details more than affirm that they have improved the systems responsible for combating these attempts of manipulation, and it is undeniable that this is a movement very necessary.
Let’s face it, Google Play is full of trash
Although the publication of applications in Google Play is governed by strict rules about what you can and cannot do, when it comes to the truth every time we see cases of malware that he manages to sneak into Google Play. The feeling is that this fenced area you don’t have anyone in the door, or at least thrown long NAPs from time to time, will get to any.
Example of malicious application on Google Play
Sometimes the problem is not strictly that the application is malicious, but is simply misleading. How many times you has it been that you tried to download an app and you’ve finished downloading another named similarly? We went for example with Prism, shortly after landing at Google Play.
Simply There was no way to find a Prism on Google Play. A lot of developers had invoked the power of the picaresque to call their applications equal, use a similar icon and, in the majority of cases, even to do something similar. The official application was in the position 50 to search for your own name.
Find Prism on Google Play was an Odyssey
The thing is normalized a few days after the Google brain trained with what Prism is that were looking for the users, and today is the first result for the search. It is one more example of the philosophy of the Google algorithms. Yes, algorithms, and with so many applications are essential, but not is you can depend on them only, at least today. They are simply not working.
Let us not forget either the applications available on Google Play which are simply awful. There are many examples though by not hurting sensitivities I will not name any in particular. With a simple search you can find on Google Play so implausible as a repairman of battery or thousand and one things enhancers for WiFi.
The permissions do not help too
The permission system to control what access applications are one of the mechanisms to keep developers at Bay unscrupulous, but it is a system that not just work perfectly for several reasons.
The first is the description of the permissions. Google it has tried everything, by active and passive, so permissions are at the same time informative without that for this reason it will be alarming: have failed. In an attempt to simplify them, the descriptions are sufficiently vague so the imagination fly and you imagine the worst.
Facebook has all permissions imaginable… and more
By default Android Marshmallow allows you to disable whole permissions with not-too-specific blocks: contacts, camera, location… You can see what the specific permissions (if you find the option, which is somewhat hidden) and as soon as you begin to read you already enter the paranoia. For example, in the previous screenshot is read that “this permission allows malicious applications share your contacts without your knowledge”. Okay, as well.
I’m not trying to say that the Facebook app is the devil, at least in terms of permissions referred to. It is clear that in this case Facebook uses your contacts to find who are on Facebook and suggest friends, but this overdose of permissions which does is normalize the acceptance of a multitude of permits.
We are so accustomed to saying yes to everything that the permissions notice has no any opportunity to be processed by our brains. Do you see a pop-up window when you try to install an application? The best thing is that you click to accept as soon as possible to start to install and leave you in peace.
Simple game that needs my calendar, location and microphone?
So happens that sometimes permits show us something suspicious as in the previous capture and We do not stop to think of it. To need a game type Puzzle Bubble our microphone, location, and calendar? Who knows.
These applications are at the same time which are offered for download within other games and applications to gain coins, lives, energy or what is fancy. You don’t need to spend real money with shopping in-app, but install applications. There should no risk be in that, really? In an ideal world Yes, in the real world, however…
Magic Piano to incite you to sell your soul to the devil for six miserable coins
If this is against what is fighting Google, since then they have not worked too hard. This type of “install to get something” has been in many of the most popular applications of Google Play years, and there remains today. You don’t need a better algorithm, Google, what you need is more heavy-handed and more effectively eliminating waste applications or at least hiding them in searches.