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"By focussing on the quality and performance of your app, you'll find more success on Google Play".

Google has chose to crack down on the apps that don't deliver smooth user experience. The updated algorithm will see higher quality apps appearing in the Play Store more than similar apps of lower quality - those that crash often.

In addition, Google advises the app creators to regularly check the users ratings and reviews, as these who experience problems with their applications usually address the Play Store to complain about a specific feature or bug and contact the developer. The apps, that experiences fewer crashes and the ones that do not drain your smartphone's battery-life that much, will now be placed on the top and those with bugs and other performance issues will hang somewhere below.

Mobile market intelligence company Sensor Tower's latest quarterly report said that app downloads totaled 21.8 billion in the last financial quarter-a year-on-year increase of 15.3%.

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With that in mind, TechCrunch reported that Google has a number of so-called quality signals that will determine how an app is ranked in the Play Store.

There is no striking around building good apps if you want them to have found but this change will further institutionalise these values across the Play Store. One other way Google is also ramping up stopping these bad Android apps is that Google is now using machine learning. Among these tools is Android vitals which shows performance issues found on devices that have already installed the application.

If an app is popular enough, then it rightly deserves, to some extent a large number of installs can still override its negative reviews and push the app back up into a higher position. It's Google's very own "how to succeed in Android app development" guide, and it's free on Google Play. Find out how crowdtesting can ensure your digital product works in the real world.