Play Store search now lets you filter apps with 4-star ratings or more

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 20, 2014
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The app section of Google’s Play Store can be like the Wild West at times, what with the barely disguised adware, clone infestation, and plain-old poor quality apps. The low barrier of entry for apps in the Play Store has made possible a rich and varied ecosystem, but we wished Google did a better job at improving app discovery, especially since Google is so good at search in general.

Now Google has taken a step towards improving the app search experience with the addition of a ratings-based filter. You can now limit search results to apps that have a 4-star rating or higher, which, in theory, should weed out most bad or exploitive apps.

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It probably won’t remove all poor quality apps, for a couple of reasons – this may not catch some new apps with just a handful of reviews, and, second, apps with tons of fake reviews will still go through.

Nevertheless, this small new feature will weed out most blatantly bad apps and is a good addition to an area where Google still has lots of room to improve.

For now, the ratings-based filter is only available in the web version of the Play Store, but Google will probably waste no time bringing it to the Android app as well.

  • MasterMuffin

    Better word suggestion next please. I shouldn’t need to write the name almost perfectly to find what I want. It has gotten better, but still not on Google Search level

    • This. It’s so weird that they can’t use their own algorithms on it.

      • crutchcorn

        EXACTLY what I’ve been thinking forwever!!! Like common you guys. Perhaps they… IDK… I have no legit excuse. IDK

    • L

      The search results are based on a number of factors such as ratings, relevancy, popularity, etc as well as name. If you want the straight up name youre looking for, type the name in quotation marks. Example “This App”

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s not what I ment at all. For example, kewboord, is a word that Google Search understands as keyboard. Play Store gives 0 results and doesn’t offer “Did you mean: keyboard?”

  • crutchcorn

    Nice change! Not all apps have to be 5 stars to be good. Plenty O haters!

  • Chris

    Took them long enough. Google loves being behind it seems

  • Mt Grumpy

    Nice but why not by permissions? Adding such a filter would be easy as pie and we could then we could track the effect on app ratings of having those security and privacy minded users selecting non-snooping apps.

  • balkrishna jadhav

    Waiting lollipop for my desire 816 :)