Google Play to end 'Top Developer' program in favor of highlighting specific apps
Google Play is ready to retire its "Top Developer" program, soon to replace it with a new system. This is the program that currently recognizes some well-known developers with a blue badge and "Top Developer" on their app listings, presumably giving some extra weight to their apps in hopes that it will increase downloads.
In an email sent to developer accounts, Google says that it will be replacing the program with something new that will focus on individual apps and games rather than entire developer accounts. The email reads:
I'm not entirely sure how much weight the Top Developer badge ever really held, though the idea of giving some sort of official recognition to good developers isn't necessarily a bad one. We'll soon find out what Google has in store for a new program to give the best apps their time to shine.
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