Android Market Adds User Review Filtering

Android Market Adds User Review Filtering

Dec 14, 2011

There’s an occurrence that happens all too often on the Android Market: when trying to decide whether buy an app or not, the reviews seem split between 5 and 1 star ratings. This caused a user to scroll through all the reviews looking at the 5 star “Love It” reviews and the 1 star “Crashes on opening” reviews. As any Android fanboy will tell you, one major advantage to using the green robot is the wide array of devices to choose from. Instead of being stuck with one specific phone or tablet the options are boundless. The problem this creates is incompatibility and performance inconsistencies between devices.

For example, maybe app A just came out and has audio issues with HTC’s new Rezound. There is no way for a user to know that this is the case from other users unless they scroll down through the entire list and finds multiple negative reviews for the Rezound while keeping an eye out for positive reviews as well.

Google has addressed this compatibility problem before. Because your Google Account is connected to your phone, when you log into the Market it knows what phone you have and displays whether the app you are viewing will run properly. This is a great feature and adds a lot of peace of mind, but something more was definitely needed.

To finally alleviate this problem, Google has allowed users to filter review results based on app version, device, recency, rating, and helpfulness. If you have trouble finding it, it’s under the “Read All User Reviews” link. The results filter fast and this feature makes the app selection process much easier and safer, but is not very useful for smaller paid apps that don’t have many reviews. This is a much needed addition that is just another small notch in Android’s belt considering filtering reviews bases on phone model is not available in Apple’s App Store.

Android Market Receives Hefty Update, Essentially Does Away With Refunds

Android Market Receives Hefty Update, Essentially Does Away With Refunds

Dec 13, 2010

Next time you visit the Android Market you may be in for a surprise. According to the Android Developers Blog, the Android Market has received a significant update which will be rolling out within the next couple weeks. You will find a lot of changes in the UI along with changes that affect users and developers alike. I haven’t seen the update first hand but there are a ton of sites hosting hands on videos along with links to download the new market .apk (just do a search) for those who can’t wait. Most of the changes come in the UI but there is also a huge change to the refund policy.

Rhapsody For Android

Rhapsody For Android

Nov 17, 2010

For those of you with a Rhapsody subscription and an Android powered device you can now go download the Rhapsody app version 2.0 from the Android Market. This newest version is supposed to be a huge step up from the original beta and has some key additions. Rhapsody is a subscription based online music service with a catalog of over 10 million songs available for unlimited listening anytime from any supported device. The Rhapsody app for Android offers the portability and freedom of listening at anytime from anywhere even without having an internet connection.