Now that there are over 200,000 apps in the Android Market, sifting through the chaff to find the best apps can be a challenge. In order to make this process easier, Google is making some significant changes to its software store.
Perhaps the most notable change is a new “Editors’ Choice” award. This will be given to apps that were chosen by the staff of the Android Market, and are supposed to be the best apps available.
In addition, Google is going to start highlighting the companies that create popular apps. A group of 150 to start with, these “Top Developers” will get a special icon in the store.
The Web version of the Android Market is also going to show related software, so that when a user is looking at an app they will see a list of similar ones off to one side. A listing of trending apps is also going to be added.
This revamp has already happened to the Web version of the store. The changes to the smartphone and tablet versions will be coming in a software update in the next few weeks, though Google hasn’t said exactly when.
An Embarrassment of Riches
Google is often complimented for the open nature of the Android Market, as it allows developers to offer their products to the public without much oversight. This contrasts with Apple’s App Store for the iPhone, which is much more restrictive.
On the other hand, users of the store now find themselves with hundreds of thousands of apps to sift through, and finding good quality titles among all the rest isn’t always an easy job. This has left not only customers complaining, but developers too. The app creators say there’s no reason to spend the time and effort to create a quality product if it’s going to get lost in a sea of junkware.
Google’s reorganization of the Android Market is intended to help remedy this problem, but only time will tell if it works. In the mean time, thousands more apps will continue to pour into this software store, making some kind of solution ever more urgent.