MOBILE SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has revealed plans to crack down on spam and malicious Android apps in order to improve its Google Play app store.
Google outlined its plans in an email sent to developers and has since updated its guidelines for creating Android apps. The new policies, introduced on Wednesday aim to stop developers from creating spam and copy-cat applications, and hope to stop them from obtaining users' personal information without consent.
In its email, Google explains, "We are constantly striving to make Google Play a great community for developers and consumers. This requires us to update our policies when we launch new features, like subscription billing, and also when we see unhealthy behaviour, like deceptive app names and spammy notifications.
"This email is to notify you that we've made some changes to our policies which are highlighted below."
On its Android developer web site, Google adds that app writers can't "infringe on the intellectual property rights of others" and points out that apps must not "send SMS, email, or other messages on behalf of the user without providing the user with the ability to confirm content and intended recipient."
Google also aims to get rid of sexually explicit material, violence, bullying and gambling in apps sold at its Google Play store.
These new guidelines could go a long way to improving the quality of apps in the Google Play store, which has provided a home for a number of malicious applications over the past few months. µ