So what does all this mean? It means that Google understands that while open is great, at the end of the day, users would rather have a superior experience both in terms of Google Play as a whole, and apps behavior in particular.
I am really thrilled by the changes, but I can't help smiling. Android might be "open", Google is definitely not.
This makes me wonder…
- Android was the alternative to iOS because of the lack of policies (at least, by the developers). Google Play is now a lot more similar to the App Store. It is not as strict though.
- Will Google remove the abusive apps retroactively?
- China? Google was already out, but this will make the situation worse.
Anyways, the chasm between Play (Google's Android) and Android is getting wider every day.
Update: I couldn't agree more with John Moltz...
I think it’s kind of amusing how quickly the narrative has changed from “Yay, open!” to “I, for one, welcome our closed overlords.”