Billions of Android users beware of new Google alert – it means apps ‘stop working’ on device
THERE’S a new way to avoid the mobile nightmare only download a google play app because it barely works on android.
The pace of development of our devices is a miracle – you have to constantly download updates or buy a new model.
Unfortunately, this has a big drawback.
Sometimes developers don’t develop apps at the same pace.
You might be browsing through games on the Google Play store and find one that has rave reviews from other players.
But here’s the kicker: it was developed about a decade ago.
If you’re up to date and using a device that’s relatively new and running a recent software update like Android 13.0, the app might be buggy or simply malfunctioning.
In the process, it’s taking megabytes out of your memory and wasting time.
Well, good news: Google Play alerts you when an app doesn’t work on your device, based on data from users with models similar to yours.
Android users around the world shared this sighting on Twitter, Reddit and various tech forums.
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Under the Install button, the message “Recent data from similar devices indicates that this app may crash on your device” appears in red.
And it looks like the new alert system will extend beyond games, as users are popping up to install Instagram and NOW TV as well.
However, users who have noticed the warning system have expressed frustration that their devices are overriding apps that are an integral part of their phone usage.
“Looks like the android is slowly losing everything!” one user wrote.
“Nokia C31 is good, but what’s a phone without Instagram?” added another.
Why did Google introduce the warning?
Google planned to introduce the new alarm system back in October.
According to a post on the Android Developers Blog, Google’s quality bar by phone model was introduced because some apps worked perfectly on some Android models but not on others.
This created a “misbehavior threshold” that Google hopes developers will keep their apps below.
The threshold was set at eight percent for user-perceived crash rate and user-perceived app unresponsiveness.
Anything above that will trigger a warning about the app in the Play Store, a warning that some users have started to notice.
Not only does this improve the user experience, but it also encourages apps to fix issues with their app, as developers get access to data from users experiencing issues.