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Google Play Restricts Apps for Marijuana, Alcohol and Tobacco

Google Play continues its policy updates. Following the new rules for children’s apps and loot boxes, it is introducing restrictions on apps regarding the sale of marijuana, as well as ones that sell or glorify tobacco or alcohol products. With this change, many app developers may need to modify or reposition their apps and App Store Optimization to avoid removal.

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Loot Boxes and App Store Optimization

There is a legal debate over the fate of microtransactions, particularly loot boxes. A proposed bill could impact the sale of randomized in-game items, including loot boxes or summons in “gacha” games. At the same time, Google has added a new Play Store policy wherein developers must disclose the odds of receiving items in loot boxes. Apps and mobile with loot boxes or similar systems should look at the new requirements and think about how to utilize them for their App Store Optimization strategy.

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Google Play Updates Developer Policies for Kids Apps

Google has announced a new set of developer policies designed to create a safer online environment for children and families. This includes keeping personal information secure, monitoring advertisements and selecting a target audience in line with their content. These changes can not only help keep the Play Store safer for kids, it can also assist with proper audience targeting for App Store Optimization.

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Foldable Phones and App Store Optimization

Android Foldables are on the way, in spite of issues with the screen causing delays. Once users begin using foldable devices, they’ll want to find apps that can work well on their new phones and look good whether the phone is folded or unfolded. This will present a new opportunity for developers to optimize their apps for foldable users to find and install, following proper ASO strategies.

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Google Play Store Updates Design, Permissions and Evaluations

Google frequently updates its Play Store with both user-facing and developer-facing changes. The latest round of updates is a Material Theme redesign, which can impact how apps appear on the Play Store, but Google has also announced updates to Android APIs and Play policies that developers should be aware of. These changes can have an impact on their App Store Optimization and Play Store listings.

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