Google Play can now notify you when an app isn’t performing well, so you can skip it
OK, stop if you can’t relate to this: you’re bored. You open Google Play and start browsing games. You’ll find a time killer worth your time, but it’s from 2012 while you’re rocking it Galaxy S23 Ultra – or another brand new unit a The best Android phones around. You download the game as the reviews are roughly shining, but the app barely works on the smartphone. What gives? Many of us – and I rather say:most” there, as this extends beyond games to apps and utilities – we’ve experienced this before, so it would be extremely helpful if of some kind function to warn us in time. Well, Google has now introduced exactly this function!
Globally, more and more users are clamoring for Google Play to save them some sweet megabytes and priceless time with an alert. It basically lets them know if an application is expected to run properly or not. The alert is related to the data of “users on similar devices”, which helps a lot.
Some users have reported that Google Play tells them that “recent data from similar devices indicates that the app may stop working on your device.”
I haven’t seen one before, so I think it might be relatively new.
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As we all know, app issues can arise from a myriad of reasons. From screen resolution to hardware and extension Android version. But the alert setup seems credible, as the data is said to come from smartphones relatively similar to the user in question. It’s possible that Google Play is looking for details just like the above, as limiting things to phone models is enough to… well, limiting.
This feature is part of Big G’s plan unveiled last year. Google Play is said to be set to measure app performance up to an 8% threshold for a given configuration. In simpler terms, if an app malfunctions for 8% (or more) of users with a similar configuration, the warning will appear for those viewing it from a smartphone with the same caliber of hardware.
The feature also has another side: a healthy form of public shaming, since the developers have access to the data described above. Accordingly, once they begin to receive feedback from users of a particular hardware group, they can make an informed decision about whether to devote resources to solving problems.
During the review, Google Play’s app performance warning prevents users from being disappointed while providing developers with information about specific user groups. This is a big step towards clarity in the Play Store, so we’re looking forward to a wider rollout.