Google has once again updated the policies of the Play Google Developer program have they should comply to strictly applications published in the Google Play to not be removed.
On this occasion, have added a new section with clauses to avoid that applications make use of misleading advertising and incidentally, they have used modified and expanded other conditions to make it still clearer they can and not make applications for Android.
Promotion of applicationsApplications published on Google Play may not participate in the following activities or benefit from them: * promotion through misleading advertising on websites, applications or other properties (for example, simulation of alerts or notifications of applications, service or system), * promotion or installation of systems that cause a redirection to Google Play or download an application while the user is informed , * promotion not requested through short messages (SMS) services.
You must make sure that any affiliate or advertising network will use these methods to direct users to pages from which you can download your application.
Section Promotion of applications It is completely new, it did not exist before. In it we see that already applications that are promoted with misleading advertising, causing a redirect are not allowed to Google Play without informing the user (something very common now), or using SMS, surely to promote themselves through our contacts.
Explicit sexual contentNew: prohibited applications that promote pornography or include pornographic material (for example, content, icons, titles or descriptions of type erotic or sexually explicit).
Before: the publication of content that includes nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material is not allowed.
Under the conditions of the explicit sexual content outline in more detail what is forbidden to those clueless developers.
Hazardous productsNew: Will not allow the transmission Neither inclusion of links viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, or malicious software or of any other element that can cause security vulnerabilities or damage applications, devices or personal data of the users.
Before: Not allowed the transmission of viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, or malicious software or any other element that…
Google now specifies that it is neither permitted to add links to download malware, something completely logical, but in conditions not putting it up to now.
Interference with the systemNew: Applications and their ads not be added or modify markers or browser configuration options or add shortcuts to home or screen icons on the device of the user as a service to third parties or for advertising purposes.
Before: Applications and your ads should not add shortcuts on the home screen…
Here you specify that applications or your ads markers can neither modify nor the settings on your browser, for example, to change our search engine, our home page or fill our our spam markers.
Free and paid applicationsNew: If the description of your product on Google Play referenced functions integrated in the application that there is a specific or additional charge, you must clearly indicate in the description that users have to pay for access to these features.
In the applications section, have now added a new paragraph so that developers are forced to say clearly that functions are free and which you have to pay for them.
Context of adsNew: Users must be able to clearly identify the application has been associated with which or in which each ad has been included.
In the context of the ads section inform us that ads should not imitate the user interface of any application or operating system notifications. Now they will have to make it clear that application generated ad.