Google tests feature that will let users compare apps on PlayStore

In this news, we discuss the Google tests feature that will let users compare apps on PlayStore.

Google could introduce a feature that will allow users to compare apps listed on the PlayStore. The Compare Apps feature, as the name suggests, shows direct comparisons between similar apps for the convenience of users. Google is currently testing the feature, so it’s limited and available to some users on version 22.4.28 of the PlayStore app. Comparison apps show popular apps similar to the current list, comparing them based on factors like ease of use, visual quality and whether the app supports offline playing and streaming etc.

The app comparison section appears on individual app listings at the bottom of the page and is currently limited to popular media players, Android police first reported.

Google PlayStore has over 2 million apps and it becomes difficult for users to decide which app to download. Comparisons allow users to select the best application. Google asks for feedback from users and the report speculates that the data displayed under the apps is based on user feedback that Google takes from users by asking simple questions. It’s unclear when Google will roll out this feature more widely and if so, the rollout will likely be a server-side switch.

Earlier this month, Google tested removing the hamburger menu from the Play Store. With the hamburger menu gone, Google plans to move the options available in the side panel to a floating window by tapping on the avatar in the top right corner. The test showed that this is where the shortcuts to the app library, payments and subscriptions, settings, among others, were found in the test version.

Google is sparing developers from using the hamburger menus because of the larger screens and the introduction of shortcuts to the lower navigation bars.

The app comparison section will help users to make direct comparisons between similar apps based on ease of use, visual quality, whether the app supports offline reading, among others.

News Highlights:

  • Google is testing a feature that will compare similar apps on PlayStore.
  • These comparisons allow users to select the best application.
  • The Compare Apps feature is limited and available to some users on version 22.4.28 of the PlayStore app.

Source: twitter.com/indiatoday

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