It’s a just tiny little change. Google has snuck a single thumbs up button into the Google Play review section and packed the spam button into a side menu. This replaces an old, Reddit-like system that allowed for both thumbs up and thumbs down.
Now that they’re using a setup much closer to Facebook’s, this Like-like thumb icon lets Google Play users nod in agreement with reviews that say what they would have said about an app. To maintain simplicity of design, and perhaps to discourage its frivolous use, Google has relegated the spam flag to a small menu beside the thumb. This makes it a two step process to flag something as spam, but giving positive feedback is just one touch away.
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This is part of an ongoing process of tweaking that the Google Play dev team has been working with lately. For instance, they recently released the ability for game and app devs to add promo codes, which gave devs the option to run promotions that let users download their items for free. Previously, the primary place to get free apps was with the third-party store Amazon Underground.
Again, as we said, these are small alterations, but they could prove to be very useful. What are your thoughts regarding Google Play’s new review rating system? Is there anything about the store’s current setup that you find particularly irksome? What can Google do to make their it better in the future? Let us know what you think in the comments below!