AppsNews should be avoided by all developers [MANUFACTURED REVIEWS]


We’ve gone over this problem before and we won’t be hesitant to bring it up again: using services to boost your app’s ratings and reviews in the Google Play Store is wrong and all developers should stay away from it.

I’m not even talking about the moral and integrity-inspired reasons here — Google expressly prohibits developers from manufacturing reviews and ratings in the Google Play Store in their merchant agreement.

While the last thing we want to do is put this site on blast we feel it’s our duty. The site in question is, and this isn’t a pay service (well, that’s if you don’t consider an optional $10 donation for immediate inclusion in the app review carousel being a paid service).

The site justifies itself by being completely free to use and by claiming that it’s nothing but “a bunch of friends, rating each other’s apps.” Here are their selling points in their words:

  • Quickly get your app ratings up to the minimum requirements stipulated by AppBrain etc..
  • Repair damage to ratings caused by malicious or careless reviewers.
  • Why wait six months before someone bothers to comment on your app? That happens all the time.
  • More chance of your app being downloaded if it has a few favourable reviews – gets the ball rolling!
  • Please note we are not affiliated with Google or Google Play in any way.

And here’s the process:

The review need not be lengthy, a simple “Great app!” or similar will suffice. Once you have completed reviewing apps (you will be given a week to do this), your own app will be eligible for review. After another week you should have at least five favourable and accurate reviews!

If you need your app reviewing quickly, you can avoid reviewing other developer’s apps and make your app immediately eligible for review by simply donating 9.99 USD! This will have the added benefit of speeding up the process by at least a week.

This is simply wrong. It messes up the integrity of the top apps listings in the Google Play Store. If you feel the need to boost your app’s ratings in such a manner then it probably isn’t a very good app to begin with.

Developers, I urge you to go about promoting your apps the right way. Not only will you eventually get caught, but you face the possibility of having your apps removed from the Play Store.

You also face the possibility of getting your merchant account banned. It’s not worth the trouble for you, and it’s not fair to the users of the Google Play Store to see illegitimate reviews festering the Play Store. Please pick up a new profession if it’s not working out because this is as heinous a practice as there can be in the software world.

As for you users, if you notice any developers using this service or any like it don’t be shy to report the app to Google via the Google Play Store. Let’s hope whoever made this site has the common courtesy to shut it down before too long. [Thanks anon!]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Well said Quentyn!

  2. this is insane….and just plain sad. the guy is using a free hosting account at to run the website…. and hes asking for $10 “Donations”… …. this guy needs to take the site down or the host should…. this site violates the tos of the play store and this guy don’t care he only wants to make a quick buck.

    1. I have contacted the host of the site to see if they will handle the issue by removing the site….. This is a total violation ….

  3. Thanks, using it now.

  4. I commence DDoSing now.

  5. If you’ve ever been in a store and picked up a book, you may have noticed favorable quotes from other authors or experts in a relevant field. Where do you think those came from? Did you ever whine about that, or is it something that you would want on the jacket of your next book? Frankly, if the reviews are honest (and the site doesn’t suggest otherwise), then I think that it could provide a valid service.

    1. I agree, IF there is someway to make sure that the users have used the app. If there were some sort of validation (I doubt there is), it doesn’t seem all that wrong to me.

      1. I think that the only semblance of a ‘validation’ protocol is TRUST. After all, there isn’t any way to validate a single feedback (except your own) in the Play Store. That said, I do think that the website could do a much better job of encouraging ABSOLUTE INTEGRITY in reviewing apps.

  6. Thanks for the link…. been looking for one of these. No not really… but I’m sure a few developers have discovered these kind of sites on tech sites like this. I wouldn’t recommend naming the services or even bringing them up, average users knowing about it can’t help stop it… either a dev is moral or not…. and the bannings just help weed out the nots.

  7. How can anyone think this is a reasonable thing to get involved in? Reviews will be favorable AND accurate! How could this possibly be biased?

  8. Well said.

  9. Learn to look at it from another angle too. How many times the same apps get reviewed from android blogs over and over again. Many times even report the updates of the apps, and the fixes etc, without even reviewing it again. Free/Paid advertising disguised. Other reviewers start their article “…our app that we all love…”. I would think some reviewers are on the payroll of some apps in the market. I don’t want to mention app names but this is what is happening. So have a look at the android ecosystem and then judge another site. How about the trashy/untruly/unjustified comments developers get in the android market. How do you feel about those? Yes this site could be fraudulent or legitimate. I don’t know. Lets sort out the app advertising android blogs and then see how this site goes.

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