Google has started testing a new method for disseminating new applications to millions of Android users. In addition to the usual places for suggesting new apps, these will also appear in the Play Store search history.
This novelty comes after several changes implemented by Google in its application store. This is a novelty clearly designed to help programmers promote their creations.
New app suggestions now in Google Play Store history
Traditionally, whenever you click on the Google Play Store search box, you are presented with the last four applications you searched for. However, these applications will be replaced by suggestions for new apps that you don’t have on your Android smartphone or tablet yet.
The novelty was noticed by 9to5 Google in the 33.0.17-2 from the Play Store. In the demonstration in question, the user was confronted with three games not installed on his smartphone and had not even been the subject of previous research.
Left old system; on the right new system Credits: 9to5 Google
In other words, the testimony accounts for the appearance of three random suggestions replacing the traditional search history. Even so, the search history returns as soon as you enter a letter from a previously searched app.
Based on the information currently available, we do not know Google’s criteria for suggesting these applications. We don’t know if they are suggested based on their popularity or the search habits of each user.
We can also consider that those responsible for these applications have paid for their apps to appear in this location. It is not unreasonable for Google to introduce such a promotion system for anyone willing to pay for it.
The Play Store’s latest update notes mention the introduction of “new features to help you discover the apps and games you love.” Indeed, it is believed that the new system of recommendations is linked to this novelty.
As mentioned, these suggestions will complement the current mechanism in use in the Google Play Store. It is expected that the initial interface of this application store will continue to rely on the traditional recommendation cards based on the habits of each user.
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