Google Play app review times may last 7 days or longer due to coronavirus precautions
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has recently been declared a pandemic by the WHO, has affected pretty much all aspects of society. With just over 175,000 confirmed cases globally, and roughly 6,500 deaths, it is an emergency that must not be taken lightly, and one that the world is coming together to tackle. First came the cancellation of mass global events such as MWC 2020 and Google I/O. More things are being canceled and locked down by the hour, and we’re seeing the effects of it everywhere. One interesting result is longer Google Play app review times.
One secondary effect from 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, and 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.”
A Google spokesperson reaffirmed what the Google Play Console notice said in a statement to Android Police, saying that “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.”
Don’t expect this situation to get better until the disease is effectively contained. In fact, if things keep going south, we could see Google implement tighter internal policy, which could result in even longer times. This is a perfect example of how all aspects of our lives can be suddenly changed. We all need to work together to get through this.