Google has updated its Android Market bringing it to a new level. The update refers to the web-based version of Android Market — now it shows apps ratings that form from other users’ scores. It looks like Amazon’s rating graphs, and when users give scores to an app, it calculates the average data and shows it in numerical view. You can also see how exactly the users have rated the app.
This is one more step to become more competitive — it will certainly help Google not to fall down in the battle against Apple’s App Store and Amazon’s new Android AppStore. Earlier users could only see how many total reviews an app had received and what its average rating was. Now when everything became transparent, it can help Android Market to become more popular.
Generally, Android Market is more comfortable for simple users and developers than any other similar marketplace, but I have a concern that it can hurt Google — because of the lack of control the number of bad-quality or even virus-infected apps on the Market can become even bigger.
Unfortunately, here are some shortcomings — the new system doesn’t offer to filter reviews by application version. Anyway, this update is welcomed by users and we are all waiting for it to arrive on the smartphones’ Market soon.
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