What are the cues to look for when determining if a Google Play Store app is genuine and quality?

Dr.sunil V July 25, 2014
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How to find genuine and quality apps per category from Google Play store? Not only Most popular or Trending but in each category. What are tips to know which apps are genuine and quality apps? What should user see? Number of downloads, rating, reviews, least rating of 1 / 5, company name, editor’s pick? How to find apps from reputed companies?

  1. Jeff F
    July 26, 2014 at 9:39 am

    What a beautiful question.

    It seems like you have the right idea already. Use publicly available information about that app and corresponding version. Ask around and trust your instinct. It never hurts to also have an anti-virus & firewall (requires ROOT access) installed.

    In addition to the metrics you have listed already, why not try to find a categorical alternative on our "Best of" mobile app lists? Hey, I've got no problem testing out new software. It's very important that new applications be evaluated to determine it's quality and place in the market. However, to be safe, I recommend only using widely-accepted and supported apps. This does however make you more likely to experience vulnerability-exploitation, so in addition make sure that you keep your operating system and all installed apps up-to-date.

    Consider designating a sandbox device, such as an unused phone or tablet to test apps on. Obviously, make sure that this device may not communicate with any other devices. From the safety of a sandbox, you may freely evaluate the quality of the app yourself if there is not decisive information available online.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 3, 2014 at 6:43 am

      Thank you very much!

  2. Ben S
    July 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I wrote an extensive article on this subject that should answer some of your questions.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shouldnt-trust-app-ratings-google-play/

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 3, 2014 at 6:45 am

      Thank you. I viewed your article and found it informative

  3. Hovsep A
    July 25, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Beta-testing and staged rollouts
    https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/3131213?hl=en
    http://developer.android.com/distribute/googleplay/developer-console.html
    well google play store cant should not store non genuine applications, the quality depends on the developers, reviews at least concerning freeware can be fake.

    • Dr.sunil V
      August 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Thank you

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