Google cautions Android application reviews may take longer because of coronavirus

Google is cautioning developers that Play Store application reviews may take longer than expected because of work schedule adjustments, Android Police reports. In an announcement, the organization advised developers to “expect review times of 7 days or longer.” This presumably applies to both new application submissions and those that trigger a manual review.

This makes sense, given the coronavirus pandemic. A week ago, Google advised its North American representatives to work from home. As more organizations order their staff to do likewise, business, as usual, will be disturbed. Defers like these may become more common as the outbreak proceeds.

Beforehand, Google advised developers to anticipate application reviews to take at least three days, and as long as seven days or more in excellent cases. Everyone has entered the domain of excellent cases.

To make things more confusing, as Android Police noticed, it’s not in every case clear which application updates will trigger a manual review. Updates to applications aimed at children typically trigger a manual review, yet sometimes applications in apparently generous categories are flagged as well. Later this year, the organization is planned to start reviewing applications that request background location info.

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