Google Play has always struggled with app quality, more specifically monitoring all the apps and ensuring they are up to standard. It seems though Google has taken a significant step this February, clearing out 60,000 below-par apps from the store, TechCrunch reports.
Not all were pulled by Google, with some one time promotional apps and other failed apps probably taken down by the developers themselves. However as TechCrunch points out, the sheer number removed would suggest Google has had a big part to play.
A good number of the deleted apps were those in the MP3/ringtone category, which often includes less-than-reputable publishers, to put it kindly.
Google’s strategy has always been slightly different than Apple’s, with Google opting to let all apps onto the store before deleting the poor quality ones. Apple’s well known process filters the apps before they even reach the store.
Whether mass app deletion is something we’ll see more of in the future from Google who knows, but it seems like they’re finally willing to make an effort and eradicate poor quality and spammy apps from their store.