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Google steps up efforts to purge bad apps from Google Play

Published Apr 9th, 2013 1:20PM EDT

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Google’s (GOOG) Play store doesn’t exactly have a good reputation when it comes to quality control since the company allows anyone to post their Android apps on the store without going through any sort of filtering process. However, TechCrunch reports that this may be changing since a record 60,000 were purged from the Play store in February. Although TechCrunch’s sources acknowledge that Google wasn’t responsible for removing all the purged apps, they also say that there’s no way that many apps could have been removed from the store without significant involvement from the company. Google has been working on overhauling Play to give it a cleaner, brighter look so it’s likely that Google has been doing some housekeeping in removing low-quality apps in preparation for the store’s upcoming refresh.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.