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Google testing new search suggestions for Play Store apps

Google appears to be testing a new UI element which provides additional search suggestions to help users find the most relevant apps for them in the Play Store.

Published onDecember 12, 2016

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Google is reportedly testing a new search feature in the Google Play Store which helps users find the most relevant selection of apps for them. The new UI element presents additional suggestions following a Google Play search to narrow the available options.

For example, in a search for “wallpapers”, the interface could offer related search terms like “live”, “Christmas” and “3D” to help direct a user to the best app for them (as seen in the image below, uploaded in the comments over at Android Police).


The suggested terms – which currently appear to be in testing for only a select number of users – are found below the App Store search box and above the first listing, in the Play Store apps section’s typical green color.

Google Play Store testing separate Apps and Games sections for some users

This type of search service has been successfully deployed in other Google products before, such as in Google image searches, so it seems likely that the feature will be officially rolled out at some point in the future if it tests well.

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