For quite a while, there have been rumors concerning a refresh of the Android Market, and at this point, we can’t confirm or deny any specifics. But it looks like a change is definitely coming soon, and to prepare for it, developers may want to update some of their apps.
The good news is that this shouldn’t be a major issue. The neutral-to-bad-news is that no one from Google’s promised other concessions won’t be necessary. (Also, as mentioned above, we still don’t know what the refresh will entail.)
Anyway, Tim Bray wrote on the Android Developers Blog, “In preparation for introducing some new Market features (that we think you’ll like), we’re about to launch a re-scan of all those legacy apps, looking at their Android Manifests and updating Market’s database. This means that if you have an app that you haven’t updated since June, and it lacks up-to-date <uses-feature> settings, it may stop being visible on certain devices.”
Then Bray continued, “We think the set of apps that will have this problem will be small, if only since most successful apps are updated regularly. If you want to be sure, check Reto’s advice here under ‘Android Market Rule #2.'”
Developers should probably deal with this sooner rather than later, since there’s a good chance Google will make its move before Christmas.