In the past few days GooglePlay has announced it has changed its policies and has sent emails to all app developers to ensure that they are compliant to the new rules. AppsGeyser has reviewed these changes and is 100% compliant with all the changes ensuring that your apps, built with the AppsGeyser Android app builder platform, remain acceptable for use within GooglePlay. The full policy can be viewed here
Google Play Policy Updates
Most of the changes that occurred will affect apps and ad practices that many apps use:
Modification updates – Apps and ads are banned from modifying mobile devices without user consent, this is aimed at stopping unwanted changes being inflicted on mobile users. It is also to ensure safety of the mobile devices from unwanted viruses. This includes updating of apps without the users permission.
Homescreen shortcuts – Apps and ads must not create homescreen shortcuts, icons or browser bookmarks for advertising purposes.
In-house Billing – Gaming apps that have built-in purchases must now use the built in Google pay system.
Hate Speech – There has been an update on GooglePlay’s hate speech policy, although freedom of speech is still recognized there are guidelines towards hate speech that may encourage the promotion of hatred towards a group/person/religion.
Gambling policy – All games offering cash or other prizes that are virtual cash, or virtual goods are subject to the in-house billing policy. Any game of skill that offers an form of prize, virtual or not will be classified as gambling.
Product information – Must not be misleading including in the title, icon or description.
Illegal Activities – Drugs without a prescription can not be sold or advertised
Content policy – Content does not just mean what is inside your app, but also your developer information such as your developer name and developer landing page.
System level notifications – unless part of the integral feature of the installed apps, apps and ads must not display advertisements through system level notifications.
Ratings – Developers must not attempt to change their ratings by rating themselves multiple times or by offering incentives to users to rate an application.
Ads – Must not force a user to click on an ad or submit personal information for advertising purposes. Users must be able to dismiss an ad without penalty.
Apps that are created from this date must be compliant with the policy and apps that were created prior to these changes have a 30 day window in which to become compliant.