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Developers: If Your App's Crap, Don't Post It in Google Play

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 26, 2012

The developer of an app called Funny Sports Memes thought he was going to get a bunch of five star reviews when he asked for folks to rate his app:

I made a new app yesterday and i want it to go viral by moving up on the ranking category. Anybody with an android phone please help me out by downloading this FREE app and give me 5 stars rating and a comment. You guys can uninstall it because it has spam notification ad. Rep to whomever rate and comment it with their CF moniker only. Thanks Link below to the app.

Instead, he was deluged with negative reviews. When the original poster got wind of what was happening, he was incredulous, writing "WTH!!! Not only you gave me a bad review but probably ask your friends to do so. Us developer need to make money too. Get use to it because everybody is going down that route."

Except not everyone is "going down this route." Most developers have realized that "push notification ads," which drain the battery while annoying phone owners, are the kiss of death. This dude's mistake wasn't posting in the sports forum. No, his mistake was creating a malware-infested piece of crap app and then posting it to Google Play.  

The developer's app has since been deleted by Google Play.

Here's hoping more crappy developers get the public flogging they deserve. Not only are they hurting the folks who download their app; they're also diluting the quality of Android's ecosystem, which affects everyone. 

And developers, please note; if you're "going down the push notification route," your app will get un-installed. 

Source: Clutch Fans

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • "Just look at the forums you linked too" -- maybe learn some English before you insult me. :)

    Why all defensive? Do you make spammy apps as well?

  • This guy sucks at writing articles and it wasnt a funny sports memmes app it was a diferent app that was in question just look at the forums you linked too.

  • DaBartonator
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    Jun 26, 2012 Link to comment

    Most of the app I download I am told about from friends, family or androidpit XD

  • Seems his App did get viral after all (:evil grin:)

  • agree entirely, there's enough crap on the market now, we don't need so called developers intentionally making shyte

  • In the end, the user knows what the user wants. there are LOTS of great, useful and good quality apps out there. sifting through all the crap to find them is increasingly becoming a problem. bravo to the respondents in this case. hopefully this means we will not need to download, install, try, uninstall so often in the future. now we just need to work out how to uninstall some of those unnecessary preinstalled apps and we'll be getting somewhere.

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