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Hidden Play Store link shows you "Top Android Apps", minus the games

A recent discovery suggests that Google might soon release Top App lists that only include apps, and not games.

Published onJanuary 4, 2016

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With over 1.8 million apps on the Google Play Store, according to Statista, it really is no surprise that discoverability of apps is a core issue. Discovering new apps on the Google Play Store is, let’s face it, not really child’s play. Lists such as “Top Paid Apps” and “Top Free Apps” exist, but hardly help you in discovering many apps apart from the biggest names in the business.

One of the biggest complaints that consumers have had is with Google’s “Top X Apps” lists is that these lists include both games and apps. And if you take a look at any of these lists, you’ll note that most of them are of games. It’s not really Google’s fault, as a large number of apps in the Play Store comprise of games.

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While we are sure that Google is aware of this pain point, a recent discovery made by Phandroid suggests that the software giant might be considering publishing Top App lists that actually include only apps and not games.

Phandroid stumbled upon a couple of hidden Play Store links – “Top Free Apps“, “Top Paid Apps“, and simply “Top Apps” – that are just like your regular app lists, minus the games. Click on the links to be taken to the respective lists on the Play Store.

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Don’t want to deal with secret links? There’s an Android app already, called “Apps – Play Store Link” by Jeffrey Sera, that launches a ‘NO GAMES’ version of the Play Store (that was quick!). And if you really don’t want to deal with having to discover new and interesting apps, simply check out Android Authority’s curated lists of top Android apps.

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