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Play Store introduces colorful badges denoting number of app downloads

A new server-side change brings colorful badges to app listing on Google Play, denoting the number of times an app was downloaded.

Published onAugust 12, 2014


When it comes to deciding whether or not to download an app, there are likely several factors you consider such as the app’s rating, reviews, its permissions and even how many times it has been downloaded before. Up until now, the Play Store’s app download count could be found within the app description under read more, but no longer.

A new server-side change has started rolling out bringing us a new “download” badges that perfectly compliment the Material Design changes we’ve been seeing from the Play Store as of late. The badge shows up for any app that has at least one download and changes colors as they app becomes more popular. Those apps with under 5000 downloads have a gray badge, 10000 to 50000 is blue, 100000 to 500000 is green and anything over a million gets an orange badge.

While this isn’t a massive change, it’s still a welcome one for those that are quickly checking out an app to decide if it’s worth the download. Keep in mind you probably don’t need to do anything to get this to show up other than wait for Google to turn it on for you, though you may need to have the most recently released Play Store update (4.9.13).

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