Android and Google Play: What limits are placed on apps?
March 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
As we have mentioned on other occasions, Android is the most used operating system in the world. This makes it linked with a very wide catalog of applications run by Google, and in which developers turn all their projects, from games of all genres, to tools aimed at improving productivity and making life easier to millions of users through their tablets and smartphones. This results in the options that we find on this platform are almost unlimited and most importantly: Each day that passes they expand offering new titles with which to reach even more consumers.
However, not everything has a place in the software of Mountain View and therefore, there are some limits that although at first they may seem to be aimed at the protection of users and their rights, in many other cases they raise criticism that for many, involves making concessions to third parties. Although there are currently more than one million applications available for more than one billion devices equipped with Android, there are some contents that we will never see in our terminals due to the limits imposed by Google. Then we tell you what is vetoed and the causes of these prohibitions and we will try to see if it is something that has a positive impact or not on consumers.
1. Featured opinions
In an attempt to guarantee the neutrality and the free choice of users when downloading applications, Google prohibits to developers take the positive opinions about his creations and position them first. Other functions that the search engine uses to establish a certain impartiality is the prohibition of repeating words in the descriptions in order to improve the positioning of that element on the web, offer too much information about the app or advertise other tools within an application.
2. Respect for privacy
Google Play is blunt with plagiarism. Those platforms that are do you copy of others made by prominent developers present in the catalog, are removed quickly. In this sense, those of Mountain View control all aspects that may be grounds for discarding, from the imitation logo to its name. This seeks to defend the intellectual property of creators already consolidated and with an important presence.
4. Protection of groups
As we have mentioned on other occasions, Android and the applications available to it, are the most used in the world not only for the number of users but also, for the age ranges that handle them, a fact that is reflected in the existence of apps available to groups such as children of any age or elderly. To further ensure your protection, you prohibits fully publishing applications with pornographic or explicit content as well as those that involve the violation of the basic rights of other groups or minorities.
5. Limitation of payments in apps
Finally, we highlight this element present in the majority of available tools. The integrated purchases waves Premium versions They are very common that in some cases, they can exceed 100 euros per item, an abusive amount that is, however, allowed. Google’s way of “regulating” this element is due to the fact that real payments they should only be used for internal functions of the applications that require them and in no case for other tools or characteristics of the terminals.
As you have seen, in the most used application catalogs not everything is possible and there are some limits that cannot be exceeded. After learning more about the measures that Google uses to stop those contents that may pose a risk to users or their rights, do you think that these are really effective measures that leave out of reach of millions of people what can harm them to When using your tablets or smartphones, or on the contrary, do you think it is a simple face lift that hides a more important violation of consumer privileges and that both the application developers and the search engine itself infringe? You have more related information such as, for example, what we are exposing when granting permissions to the apps we download so you can give your opinion about the legitimacy of these measures and if they are really useful and beneficial or not.