Within Google Play we can find millions of applications that are available for free. Most of these applications are legit, although we can always find an application full of malware, which tries to access or steal our data. Here are some tips that you can use to find out if a reliable Google Play application or not .
See the reviews
There are many developers who resort to unethical practices, to get some users to leave them very positive evaluations of their applications. This is a problem that continues to be present in the middle of 2020, despite the efforts made by Google to avoid it.
However, it can still be a good way to discard very poor quality applications. If you see that an app contains only negative or very negative ratings , you shouldn't even consider downloading it.
Check the official page
Within the additional information section of the application you should be able to see the official website of said application. Although it is not a 100% reliable method, most good quality applications always have an official website , while low quality applications usually do not have an official website.
Keep in mind that there are some excellent applications that do not have an official website, in many cases because the developer has not yet had time to create it, or simply does not want to.
Although it is not a totally reliable method, you can combine it with the others to get an idea of the quality of an application.
Find other apps from the same developer
Most Android developers have published more than one application within the official Google store. This means that if you doubt the quality or reliability of an application before downloading it, you can check if there are other applications from the same developer.
If the same developer has published other applications that promise the impossible , it will be a fairly clear indication that most likely the application you were interested in is not what it promises.
Another tip that we can give you, so that you can get an idea of the quality and reliability of an application before downloading it to your mobile, is to consult the list of application permissions.
If the application asks for your permission, it is because they are not related to its function , you should start to suspect that something is not right. For example, a flashlight application does not need to access your address book or the files you have stored.
Look at the screenshots
Good developers are always interested in publicizing the benefits of their products, so they do not hesitate for a moment to show them in all kinds of details. This is the reason why all the main applications found within Google Play offer a multitude of images showing its interface and its most outstanding functions .
If you see that a certain application does not show a single image of its interface or its most outstanding functions, it is a fairly clear indication that it is a low-quality and unreliable product.
Description is important
The description of an application is the element that we least pay attention to before downloading it, a mistake that we all make. At this point something very similar to the previous one happens, and that is that good developers want to highlight the good characteristics of their products, through descriptions.