Google has begun to leverage a new AI system that will punish apps that are buggy or are prone to crashing. They will make them less visible in search results, which will hurt their chances of being discovered and downloaded.
Google announced that they will be looking not just at the user’s ratings and engagement, but also at the performance data. Through AI technology, they will look at the stability and reliability of the apps. It will be a combination of human assessors and machine intelligence and if an app passes both, then their visibility will be good and maybe even near the top of the list. If an app has a ton of negative feedback or has not been updated for a number of years it will likely not appear in Play search results.
Google basically accepts everything that is submitted to the Play Store and they do not have any kind of vetting process. This results in a ton of apps that have viruses, spam your friends or buggy. Hopefully this new system will go a long way to cleaning up a toxic ecosystem.