Hey guys how you all doing ? i was wondering if its fine with Google store if i go around asking my friends to download and REVIEW my app, will this be considered illegal and can lead to my account being banned ?
I dont think so. this is a good way to get your initial burst of users.
If they are genuine users of your app making one review each I can’t see the problem.
The policy says Developers must not attempt to change the placement of any Product in the Store, or manipulate any product ratings or reviews, by unauthorized means such as fraudulent installs, paid or fake reviews or ratings, or by offering incentives to rate products.
Your friends are not paid, fake, or incentivized reviewers, in my opinion.
rating exchange, rating packages like 200 ratings for $100 are fraud activities. But I think 5-10 ratings from your friends would go un-noticed.