Android Application Approval in the Google Play Store

Is the approval process flawed for Android applications? At this point, any developer can publish an application to the Google Play store with minimal approvals, unlike Apple’s app store where apps are reviewed. In the Google Play store, once applications have been published, users can report the application for various reasons to Google for removal.

The benefits of the system used by Google for managing applications in the Play store include more freedom and notably, more options for Play store users to select from. Unlike Apple, applications can be easily created and published for general use, which should theoretically benefit Android’s end users.

Unfortunately not all applications are created equal. Recently an application called Virus Shield was removed from the Google Play store after it was discovered that the app made false claims about its functionality. The application was reported to scan applications, settings, files, and media for viruses in real time says Washington Post. However, other developers discovered that the application was a fake after close examination of its source code. Most interesting of all, the app had a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars and over 4,000 app downloads at $3.99.

Do Android applications need a more stringent review process?