Google Implements Quality Measurements For Play Store Searches
In proportion, fewer Android customers than ever before are searching the Google Play Store for new applications to install, partially because customers are using the browser. Finding the applications you want on the Google Play Store has never been easier… but it’s also never been harder! According to Statista there are around three million apps available on the Google Play Store today. For those customer still using his option to find new apps, there’s good news: Google are implementing their quality measurement for search results.
Sandy wrote about Google’s plans back in June. A couple of months later, this policy has now been implemented. As a recap, Google measures how well applications perform based on a number of metrics including their stability (measured by the lowest number of crashes) and their performance. This is collated along with the star rating and the number of installs, which Google combines in order to produce the Google Play Store ranking.
What does this mean? It means that if you search for a particular type of application, now the top entry in the list should be the best application of its type. Google reports that around half of 1-star reviews receive their low score because the application crashes. It’s the number one reason why I will give an application a bad rating: it might be able to make coffee but if it crashes when it’s supposed to be brewing, I am most certainly not going to give it a good rating.
It also means that developers are less able to buy high review scores to sell their applications, and this is a good thing. User opinions are easily swayed by all manner of subjective reasons, but crash statistics might say something else! The effect of this change should mean higher quality applications for all Android users, and it should encourage developers to focus on building more reliable apps. We can all look forward to better quality applications when we search the Google Play Store, wherever we are.
SOURCE [Android Central]