This isn’t an official proposal or anything of structured substance. It is more about a few thoughts on how Google can lock down the
Wild West Android Market to better serve its constituents.
I’ll just bullet point a few ideas. I’d love to hear more and will make this a living post if comments provide better guidelines.
- Keep a developer score
- Apps w/ a high dev score can go into an immediate release [as it is now] or into a review queue
- Apps w/ a low dev score are forced to go through a review process
That’s it for the curation. Now, how is this score calculated.
- Verified developers
- Microsoft is Microsoft. Verify they are truly Microsoft and you know you don’t have to worry about spam/virus apps.
- Allow developers to submit documentation to validate them [not required]
- This is like the Apple and Blackberry process but is optional. If you validate yourself, you gain extra points.
- Sponsorship by validated developers
- Microsoft has employees. They could validate their employees through sponsorship.
- If a sponsored developer sponsors someone and they blow it, the sponsored developer loses points. This makes the sponsors carefully choose who they sponsor.
- Average app rating
- This is a smaller portion of the score but is a factor. [ex – if my 5 apps have an average rating of 4.5 stars, that adds weight to my viability]
- The formula needs to take into consideration the number of votes. A 5 star app with 5 votes is not the same as a 5 star app with 1,000 apps.
Those are just a few suggestions. How better could this be handled to provide a cleaner, safer experience on Android?