Greater than a yr after Google first introduced the change
Android apps aren’t simply restricted to the smartphone in your pocket. Your pill, smartwatch, tv, and even your laptop computer all assist all kinds of software program you depend on each day, typically with a model particular to that type issue. In fact, this range in devices additionally limits how helpful rankings on the Play Retailer actually are — in any case, if a selected software options poor pill optimizations, that does not essentially imply it will be the identical on a smartphone. With a long-awaited change, Google is making its Play Retailer rankings extra helpful throughout the board for all of the devices in your life.
As noticed by Esper.io’s Mishaal Rahman, Google has confirmed that software rankings at the moment are primarily based on gadget varieties, as introduced by way of a message to builders on the Play Retailer console. This alteration has been a very long time coming — in actual fact, it was initially meant to reach earlier this yr. Google first spoke about these plans in August of 2021, setting an “early 2022” time window for once we’d lastly see device-matching rankings go stay. As of right this moment, it is lastly stay.
left: Xbox app on Pixel 6. Proper: Xbox app on Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Proper now, if you happen to head to any app on the Play Retailer, you need to see a discover within the “Scores and opinions” part confirming that these scores are “from individuals who use the identical kind of gadget as you employ.” This does not essentially imply you may see distinctive averages, although the variety of opinions counted will nearly at all times differ relying on the gadget you are utilizing. For instance, my Pixel 6 exhibits practically 1.5 million rankings for the Xbox app, a quantity matched by different varied Android telephones. However on the Galaxy Z Fold 4, I see simply over 100,000 rankings, as Google acknowledges it as a pill. The app has a 4.4-star ranking on each platforms, however it’s clear that completely different metrics are being counted right here for a novel type issue.
In the end, it is a small change that would make a big effect on how customers obtain apps right this moment. As Android continues to broaden into new product classes, making certain that the Play Retailer rankings are correct for watches, tablets, and every little thing else is an important step.