Search giant Google is forcing Play Store users to reveal their identities and wants to link app reviews to social media accounts.
The search giant wants to link app reviews to social media accounts. ©Google
The move is a bid to improve the quality and trustworthiness of app reviews on the Google Play app site and therefore improve user experience. Unlike Apple's App Store, Google doesn't personally check and authenticate every app that is released for sale or download to Android users, though it does have something called Google Bouncer, a program on its servers that can check any app for potential malware or virus threats. Without the strict quality control of its chief smartphone competitor, trusted reviews have taken on even greater importance as a means for customers to select the right app.
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