Dec 12 AT 2:58 PM Dustin Earley 69 Comments

Advanced app review filtering comes to the Android Market

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App reviews have always been some what of a sore spot for developers and users alike. Reviews are an essential tool in deciding if an app is worth purchasing or not. But without a whole lot of rules behind them, it can be a pain narrowing down relevant reviews to see who had real problems on what devices, or who was just blowing off some steam. Thanks the the Android Market’s new advanced app review filtering system, finding trustworthy reviews just got a whole lot easier.

By clicking on an app in the web-based Android Market (sorting isn’t available in the mobile app yet), and then clicking on the “user reviews” tab, you can now sort app reviews in a number of different ways.

Version number is the first option on in the list, allowing you to look at reviews for all versions of the app, or just the latest version. Sorting by version is helpful for seeing if a new version got rid of any nasty bugs stopping you from purchasing.

Next up is devices. By using the device filter, you can see reviews from people using your device. Or any device registered to your account. Unfortunately, you can’t just look at reviews for any Android device out there, but sorting reviews by your phone or tablet model is certainly helpful for narrowing down any compatibility errors.

Finally, the last feature in the new filtering options is the ability to organize reviews by helpfulness. App reviews can be sorted by the date posted, the rating and helpfulness.

These three sorting features along with in-depth review details (reviews say the device and app version the review is tied to) and the option to sort reviews by their star rating and are going to be a huge help in finding reliable information on an app.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • mr 1338

    yeah!
    handy to check out how this app performs on your specific phone :D

    thanks google

    • erikiksaz

      can’t wait until mobile support is included!

      • BiGMERF

        I was going to say te same thing…!

        • Jimmy13

          I agree. When the web front came out I thought I’d never buy an app any other way.
          Never used the web front. Usually when I think about it I am out and about.

      • Jon Garrett

        cant wait til they make it easier to find NEW apps. why is there no NEW APPS tab? that’s insane.

      • Torrance Barber

        Word!

      • http://www.desean.net desean

        looks like a market update is coming soon?

    • Michael C.

      Now all they need to do is fix their blasted slow mobile app.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Thank goodness! This is going to help filter out the riffraff and help us all get more relevant reviews.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

    Good to see filters by phone and version, you often wonder if people are moaning about things which have now been fixed, or just created.
    ps the tweet for this post ended with just “by ” no twitter username.

  • Bryan Stoner

    1 out of 5 stars:
    I’m using a Dell Precision for this Androidandme blog and I can’t see that my comment is submitted until I click Post Comment. This blog is bullshit. Stay clear and save your money.

    On a side note, this is an amazing idea!! I’m so glad I won’t have to see stuff like this anymore. I can’t wait to try it out XD

    • Bryan Stoner

      Revision of my review: I lied. You guys are the best!!! 5 out of 5 stars!!

    • TJ Mir

      This ‘Blog’ is bullshit? Did you just say this site is bullshit? *Gasp*

      • TJ Mir

        Revision of my comment. I take my *gasp* back.

      • Bryan Stoner

        I’m just trying to highlight the fact that a ton of users review apps based on a bad experience that may be a phenomena that occurs only with their device and only for a brief period of time. You can’t deny it!! Everyone has seen it!!

        • lxgeorge

          Ahhh well played sir, I enjoyed it, and will clean up the “-1″s of he who did not understand the joke. (Granted it took me a little bit)

          • itzxdjx

            To funny, thats exactly how people act on reviews! Most do sick at reviewing but this filter should make it better.

  • TJ Mir

    Hmm…interesting new avatar from Dustin! Which site did you use for that picture?

  • stenzor

    Thank you! Hopefully this will help people avoid the malicious apps as well

  • psipher

    Great Addition.

  • mavensage

    Once this feature is part of the mobile app it will save cautious buyers many headaches. Until then I’ll have to remember to check the website first if I have any doubts about an app.

    • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

      Indeed. I hope they port it soon!

  • Thomas Biard

    Yay, finally time to filter the haters and find the people looking to improve Android app experience and help others!

  • Nathan D.

    Yea!! I look forward to this since I look at reviews before I get an app

  • Deeds

    This will be very helpful in deciding if an app is good for me or not

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane Montgomery

    Would be nice if you could view all reviews by a user as well.

    Even better if you could embed your reviews on your own blog usig a widget.

  • Danny Calderon

    I usually just download the lite version first and I usually only buy 99 cent games if it Suxs it didn’t kill me

  • https://plus.google.com/109600738460265587799/posts Lewis McGeary

    I think version is pretty important, due to people who give 1 or 2 star reviews for a buggy previous version but never go back to update the review.
    They could maybe do something a bit more front-and-centre for this, like
    Overall Score 3.5(current version score 4.5)
    without having to filter?

  • HoLfElDeR

    I always thought that Android market could add more options for filtering and sugestion so users can easy choes app that they thik will be usefull.

  • Brook Marin

    I get tired of searching through reviews trying to get something meaningful other than, this doesn’t load on XXXXX device that is 5 years old…. i don’t care about XXXXX devices! i only care about mine and if the app is decent, being able to sort down to just my device is HUGE!!

    Plus the version filter! Now when a&m tells me there is an update to go get, I can tell if the reviews are relevant to the current release! w00t!

  • http://luggagedesigners.com Mike Hanel

    damn… so now i can’t complain and talk crap about all these apps that don’t run on my G1???? LOLOLOL

    • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

      You can! But people can filter it out :D

      *Rock on G1*

  • jenskristian

    Great news. Will help both users and developers!

  • RzR

    It’s a good feature. However, in my opinion, the Market could be so much better if Google filtered some of the apps. Many of them are ripoffs, malware or just bad. It’s kinda hard sometimes to find a good app that fulfils my needs.

  • zyphbear

    While they have some great new filtering features, I really wish they would add the approximate time it has been installed on their device (which could be from when it was FIRST bought). I have seen some people that bad mouth an app for things that don’t make sense or download an app just to give it a bad rating and then remove it.

  • CheekyBroad

    I hope the “Helpfulness” option is based on other user’s opinions of the reviews since there are a lot of bad reviews given by people who strictly do not now how to use/install/open the app/widget because they do not follow or read basic instructions.

    • phssthpok

      Amen. How many widget apps have you seen receive a scathing review because “they don’t do anything”? Version filtering is really huge to track the ups and downs of a released app. Recent Weather Channel app comes to mind.

  • OutofPlace

    This? This is a useful update. Well done Android team!

  • vid500

    Finaly, realy usefull. Great job.

  • euio

    el Goog may collect a lot of data, but when they use it for something cool like this, I am all for it.

  • David Gomez

    nice that should definitely make it easier to find compatible apps

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    I’ve been waiting for this update for a while. It makes it a lot easier to weed out bad experiences for devices that I don’t own and really see how the apps work with my specific device(s)

  • http://www.phoneklone.com CeeJay

    Woot! I’ve been waiting for this!

  • http://www.bossyman15.com Adam Clark

    perfect! this is what i have been wanting!

  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

    Nice!

    Special useful for:
    - Filtering reviews for your device;
    - Filtering reviews for the latest version (finally!);
    - Try to contain all the senseless bashing/praising that happens in some apps.

    Note: this is not available in some countries. I still can’t see the filters here.

  • nwilliam3

    Certainly an improvement. Not sure it completely solves the “TornadoGuard” problem yet, but a step in the right direction. See http://xkcd.com/937/

    • http://a1.blogspot.com EwanRGR

      I regret that I have but one up vote to give you for this one :-)

  • Chuxter

    This is pretty well done!

  • btelks

    Awesome features.

  • Fede Montemurri

    Thanks for the info! Waitting

  • behzadbayat

    This is going to be so useful, is the first thing I’m going to try in market tomorrow.

  • Hall Lo

    Oh this can save so much confusions! :D Nice addition! Now i m waiting for it to come to the market app ;P

  • Panatella

    The version number filter is pure genius! Cant wait for these functions to go mobile.

  • humidity

    Much needed! So useful!

  • jamal

    Keep the updates coming and making the Android Market even better.

  • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

    Finally! This is going to be a huge leap forward. The market is pretty terrible when you think about how amazing Googles search algorithm is.

    • Samar

      Agreed.

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    Thats great that we can view by version number and other filters. Will be great when its available on mobile.

  • blaseb

    INNOVATION FTW!

  • aranea

    Google is improving Android experience everyday. :D

  • Anthropic

    Now all it needs is a synonym filter to filter out all the apps almost identical to ones you have installed. I have enough physics games and fitness apps already, don’t need them clogging up my search results :)

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva

    I look forward to mobile devices reviews, too. Unfortunately, many cool apps are incompatible with my smartphone or have bugs. So, I’d like to see beforehand if an app is worth installing on my device or no. My Top-10 Android applications http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-top-10-android-applications.html

  • zippyioa

    I like the filter by version number option…. finally we can remove countless “doesn’t do this/that” comments when a dev fixes that issue – Nice!

  • Samar

    Thats a nice one.

  • eliander mendoza

    oh this will actually help me get stuff for that work on my phone and i wont have to waste my data or time thanks to this. Oh thanks for this informative post :)

  • lokidokie

    Nice start. Though it needs mobile support

  • delinear

    The one area I always thought Google should be able to excel at (with their search pedigree) is making it easy to find the apps you want, or similar apps you might be interested in. It’s always felt like the one area that’s lacking – admittedly it’s a little better organised now than it used to be, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction and we’ll see some real power user tools emerge.

  • Dan Jones

    That was one thing that’s nice about Amazon Appstore. Their reviews had built-in sorting, and marking reviews as helpful. Now both of them need this from the mobile apps.

  • donger

    this is gonna be more helpful than before.

  1. yeah!
    handy to check out how this app performs on your specific phone :D

    thanks google

  2. Thank goodness! This is going to help filter out the riffraff and help us all get more relevant reviews.

  3. Good to see filters by phone and version, you often wonder if people are moaning about things which have now been fixed, or just created.
    ps the tweet for this post ended with just “by ” no twitter username.

  4. 1 out of 5 stars:
    I’m using a Dell Precision for this Androidandme blog and I can’t see that my comment is submitted until I click Post Comment. This blog is bullshit. Stay clear and save your money.

    On a side note, this is an amazing idea!! I’m so glad I won’t have to see stuff like this anymore. I can’t wait to try it out XD

    • Revision of my review: I lied. You guys are the best!!! 5 out of 5 stars!!

    • This ‘Blog’ is bullshit? Did you just say this site is bullshit? *Gasp*

      • Revision of my comment. I take my *gasp* back.

      • I’m just trying to highlight the fact that a ton of users review apps based on a bad experience that may be a phenomena that occurs only with their device and only for a brief period of time. You can’t deny it!! Everyone has seen it!!

        • Ahhh well played sir, I enjoyed it, and will clean up the “-1″s of he who did not understand the joke. (Granted it took me a little bit)

          • To funny, thats exactly how people act on reviews! Most do sick at reviewing but this filter should make it better.

  5. Hmm…interesting new avatar from Dustin! Which site did you use for that picture?

  6. Thank you! Hopefully this will help people avoid the malicious apps as well

  7. Great Addition.

  8. Once this feature is part of the mobile app it will save cautious buyers many headaches. Until then I’ll have to remember to check the website first if I have any doubts about an app.

  9. Yay, finally time to filter the haters and find the people looking to improve Android app experience and help others!

  10. Yea!! I look forward to this since I look at reviews before I get an app

  11. This will be very helpful in deciding if an app is good for me or not

  12. Would be nice if you could view all reviews by a user as well.

    Even better if you could embed your reviews on your own blog usig a widget.

  13. I usually just download the lite version first and I usually only buy 99 cent games if it Suxs it didn’t kill me

  14. I think version is pretty important, due to people who give 1 or 2 star reviews for a buggy previous version but never go back to update the review.
    They could maybe do something a bit more front-and-centre for this, like
    Overall Score 3.5(current version score 4.5)
    without having to filter?

  15. I always thought that Android market could add more options for filtering and sugestion so users can easy choes app that they thik will be usefull.

  16. I get tired of searching through reviews trying to get something meaningful other than, this doesn’t load on XXXXX device that is 5 years old…. i don’t care about XXXXX devices! i only care about mine and if the app is decent, being able to sort down to just my device is HUGE!!

    Plus the version filter! Now when a&m tells me there is an update to go get, I can tell if the reviews are relevant to the current release! w00t!

  17. damn… so now i can’t complain and talk crap about all these apps that don’t run on my G1???? LOLOLOL

  18. Great news. Will help both users and developers!

  19. It’s a good feature. However, in my opinion, the Market could be so much better if Google filtered some of the apps. Many of them are ripoffs, malware or just bad. It’s kinda hard sometimes to find a good app that fulfils my needs.

  20. While they have some great new filtering features, I really wish they would add the approximate time it has been installed on their device (which could be from when it was FIRST bought). I have seen some people that bad mouth an app for things that don’t make sense or download an app just to give it a bad rating and then remove it.

  21. I hope the “Helpfulness” option is based on other user’s opinions of the reviews since there are a lot of bad reviews given by people who strictly do not now how to use/install/open the app/widget because they do not follow or read basic instructions.

    • Amen. How many widget apps have you seen receive a scathing review because “they don’t do anything”? Version filtering is really huge to track the ups and downs of a released app. Recent Weather Channel app comes to mind.

  22. This? This is a useful update. Well done Android team!

  23. Finaly, realy usefull. Great job.

  24. el Goog may collect a lot of data, but when they use it for something cool like this, I am all for it.

  25. nice that should definitely make it easier to find compatible apps

  26. I’ve been waiting for this update for a while. It makes it a lot easier to weed out bad experiences for devices that I don’t own and really see how the apps work with my specific device(s)

  27. Woot! I’ve been waiting for this!

  28. perfect! this is what i have been wanting!

  29. Nice!

    Special useful for:
    - Filtering reviews for your device;
    - Filtering reviews for the latest version (finally!);
    - Try to contain all the senseless bashing/praising that happens in some apps.

    Note: this is not available in some countries. I still can’t see the filters here.

  30. Certainly an improvement. Not sure it completely solves the “TornadoGuard” problem yet, but a step in the right direction. See http://xkcd.com/937/

  31. This is pretty well done!

  32. Awesome features.

  33. Thanks for the info! Waitting

  34. This is going to be so useful, is the first thing I’m going to try in market tomorrow.

  35. Oh this can save so much confusions! :D Nice addition! Now i m waiting for it to come to the market app ;P

  36. The version number filter is pure genius! Cant wait for these functions to go mobile.

  37. Much needed! So useful!

  38. Keep the updates coming and making the Android Market even better.

  39. Finally! This is going to be a huge leap forward. The market is pretty terrible when you think about how amazing Googles search algorithm is.

  40. Thats great that we can view by version number and other filters. Will be great when its available on mobile.

  41. INNOVATION FTW!

  42. Google is improving Android experience everyday. :D

  43. Now all it needs is a synonym filter to filter out all the apps almost identical to ones you have installed. I have enough physics games and fitness apps already, don’t need them clogging up my search results :)

  44. I look forward to mobile devices reviews, too. Unfortunately, many cool apps are incompatible with my smartphone or have bugs. So, I’d like to see beforehand if an app is worth installing on my device or no. My Top-10 Android applications http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-top-10-android-applications.html

  45. I like the filter by version number option…. finally we can remove countless “doesn’t do this/that” comments when a dev fixes that issue – Nice!

  46. Thats a nice one.

  47. oh this will actually help me get stuff for that work on my phone and i wont have to waste my data or time thanks to this. Oh thanks for this informative post :)

  48. Nice start. Though it needs mobile support

  49. The one area I always thought Google should be able to excel at (with their search pedigree) is making it easy to find the apps you want, or similar apps you might be interested in. It’s always felt like the one area that’s lacking – admittedly it’s a little better organised now than it used to be, but hopefully this is a step in the right direction and we’ll see some real power user tools emerge.

  50. That was one thing that’s nice about Amazon Appstore. Their reviews had built-in sorting, and marking reviews as helpful. Now both of them need this from the mobile apps.

  51. this is gonna be more helpful than before.