The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, determined by the WHO as a pandemic, is affecting pretty much all aspects of our society. With just over 175,000 cases globally and roughly 6,500 deaths, it is an emergency that must be taken seriously. All the world is coming together to tackle this new menace. One of the measures caused the cancellation of mass global events such as MWC 2020, Google I/O and more. More things are being canceled and locked down by the hour. We’re seeing the effects of the pandemic everywhere, one curious case is the longer Google Play app review times.
Another effect of the COVID-19 quarantine fallout that could affect Android developers negatively is longer manual app review times. After all, if your app needs manual reviewing, someone at Google has to take the task of doing it. Google is adjusting its employees’ work schedules due to pandemic precautions. The notice in the Google Play Console states that developers should be expecting app review times of 7 days or longer due to “adjusted work schedules.”
Worth noting that the report from Android Police was reaffirmed by a Google Spokesperson:
“Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are currently experiencing longer than usual review times. While the situation is currently evolving, app review times may fluctuate, and may take 7 days or longer.”
Unfortunately, we don’t expect this situation to get better in the near future. In fact, the situation is yet to reach its peak in the Globe. So we may see Google adopting tighter internal policies in the coming weeks. The coronavirus pandemic is changing the world and affecting our lives. We’ll need to fight together to stand against this.