Google will have a 24-hour waiting period before ratings and reviews of apps will be published in the Play Store. With this measure, the company wants to combat misleading app ratings.
Esper Developer Mishaal Rahman discovered the announcement for the new waiting time in the Play Store. The notification states that Google wants to use the waiting period to detect and possibly remove misleading reviews. It will be possible for developers to read the already submitted app reviews and then answer them. Both the review and the answer will only be published in the reviews section of the Google app store after the waiting period.
At the end of last year, Google decided that it would only show users of the Play Store ratings and reviews from other users who come from the same country. And early this year, users of devices such as Android tablets, wearables, and Chromebooks will only see ratings for those devices. Changes were also made to the Play Console at the time to allow developers to gain more insight into user ratings per device.
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