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Every so often, we pass along a horror story about some malicious apps found in the Google Play Store. These "bad actors" try to get Android users to install their seemingly benign apps, but once they are downloaded on a phone, the problems begin. Some will play ads in the foreground or background, send texts over premium (read 'paid') messaging apps and find other ways to produce money for the hackers while destroying the user's phone from the inside out. And to make matters worse, many of these apps are invisible to users without an icon to be found making it extremely hard to uninstall them.

While Google Play Protect scans apps for malware before they are downloaded, some slip through the cracks. So Google has informed developers (via XDA) that it will now extend the time it takes to review an app. A new banner in the Google Play Store states "To help better protect our users, we'll take more time to thoroughly review your app" and links to a Google support page. The latter includes a paragraph that reiterates the thoughts behind the banner. Updates to existing apps will be ushered through the process more quickly than brand new titles.

"For certain developer accounts, we’ll take more time to thoroughly review your app(s) to help better protect users. You’ll receive a notification on your app's Dashboard about how long this should take. We recommend that you adjust your planning to include a buffer period of at least three days between submitting your app and going live."-Google

One developer not pleased with the change is Choice of Games LLC. The developer recently published a new title in the Play Store that took longer than expected to be approved by Google. In a blog post, the company listed several complaints with the new system. One problem is that it can no longer schedule the release of a new app and Google is not offering a way to expedite the process. While Google says that the delay will apply for "certain developer accounts," Choice of Games LLC has listed quite a number of games in the Google Play Store since 2010.


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