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Google Play Store now lets you quickly compare apps

From ease of use to offline support and more, Google's app comparison feature could help you quickly find the right app.

Published onOctober 29, 2020

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  • Google is reportedly offering an app comparison section on the Play Store.
  • This would allow you to quickly compare similar apps for ease of use and more.
  • The feature is currently limited to media player apps.

The Google Play Store contains well over a million apps, covering a variety of categories. Google does use features like user reviews and rating systems to help you find great apps, but it looks like the firm is rolling out another tool.

Android Police has now spotted a comparison section near the bottom of app pages on the Play Store. This can be found just below the “Similar Apps” section but above the section showing more apps by the relevant developer.

The section seems to be limited to media player apps only right now, comparing them on ease of use, offline support, streaming/casting capabilities, visual quality, and controls (e.g. floating windows, subtitles, gesture support). Check out a GIF of the feature below via Android Police.

Android Police play store comparison
Android Police

It certainly seems like a handy feature, as it means you might not have to sift through the app description, read user reviews, or download the app first to figure out if it meets your needs.

In saying so, we’d love to see more app types receive this section, such as music players, web browsers, messaging apps, and streaming services. The latter, for example, could compare features like offline download support, video quality, and multiple profile support. Messaging apps could also benefit, allowing users to compare encryption, and support for VoIP and video calls.

The feature was reportedly available on version 22.4.28 of the Play Store, but we’re guessing Google needs to flick the switch to enable it.

Next: The Google Play Store should steal these features from the Apple App Store

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