August 14, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google has updated some Play Store policies.
  • These policies target apps made to look like other, more popular apps while also banning apps containing misleading health information.
  • One new policy aims to make it easier for consumers to opt-out of subscriptions, while another seeks to improve in-app ads.
  • These Play Store policies will take place in the coming months.

Google’s Play Store is constantly evolving in order to tackle some of the biggest problems with Android apps. The latest changes were recently revealed and aim to make your favorite Android apps a little better with some much-needed policy updates.

Google clarifies one policy on health misinformation, which prohibits apps from containing “misleading health claims that contradict existing medical consensus.” This is notable as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect communities while Monkeypox begins spreading to more areas.

Additionally, Google is clamping down on apps that mislead users or impersonate other, more popular apps. This includes implying a relationship with a company or entity or using app icons too close to that of another application.

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This seems to relate to another policy Google announced last year, which aimed to clean up app titles and icons.