Finding the most popular games on the Google Play Store has always been pretty easy, thanks to the charts for free and paid software. Now, finally, this feature has appeared on the Play Store for regular apps too, making it easier to keep track of the most popular apps around. And it’s only taken 8 years.
Importantly, the new chart completely sifts out games from the app list, so each of the two have their very own segregated categories without any cross over. No more trawling past Pokemon GO or Angry Birds to find decent apps. Google has decided to keep the useful separate lists for free and paid for apps, but the paid for options arenow moved lower down the page. However, to keep things from becoming completely cluttered, the “Top new free” and “Top new paid” charts have disappeared, so keeping on top of the latest releases is going to be tougher. To sum up, now you can view individual Top Charts for free apps, free games, trending, paid for apps, and paid for games.
For those who really don’t like to play games on their phone or tablet, one of the few ways to keep on top of apps and filter out the games has been to use a an app/shortcut to the Play Store that removes games entirely. Basically, this app launches the Plat Store to a hidden “Apps Only” page. If you want, you can still download this app from the Play Store, although hopefully Google’s latest changes have helped eliminate the need for such workarounds.