Google’s app store has been a place to buy apps and get free stuff for Android users for years, but it’s also been a haven for malware and other nefarious software.
The company announced today that it has disabled access to the Google Play Store for developers that are not part of its ad network, a move that should help stop malicious apps from getting access to Android devices.
Developers will be able to still use Google Play for all of their apps, including games, and Google Play services like Gmail and Google Maps will continue to work.
Google said that it will still support developers’ ad revenue from the app store, but that it would no longer accept any revenue from third-party apps or services.
In addition to Google’s new app-blocking policy, the search giant has also implemented a number of changes that will help developers protect their apps.
Google Play has long been a convenient way for developers to access and distribute their apps to users.
It allows developers to easily publish and distribute apps on the Google platform and then easily integrate with Google’s Android ecosystem.
But the Google app store’s ad network has been the most convenient way to distribute Android apps to Android users, as it gives developers the ability to monetize their apps without having to worry about ad blockers or having to pay developers for access.
Google’s new policy will be rolled out over the next few weeks.
Developers will have until December 31 to update their apps on Google Play.
Android’s developer community, the group that runs the Google apps store, is expected to take up the new policy soon.