Google Retools Android Market for Better App Discovery
Google today made a significant number of changes to the Android Market in hopes to make it easier to find applications. First, it has refreshed the way it treats the "top apps" recommendations and says they will be updated more frequently. It also offers editor's choice recommendations, gives its best developers more visibility, provides more relevant and useful related applications, and has a new section that displays trending applications. These changes are first available on the web version of the Android Market, and will be rolled out over the coming weeks to Android smartphones and tablets. Google made other changes to the Market, but for developers. One new feature increases the maximum size of applications, and lets developers selectively block certain devices from downloading apps.
Google Play to Improve Beta App Discovery
Google plans to make it easier for people to find and test beta applications in the Google Play Store. Google said it will begin to surface beta apps within search results in order to improve visibility.
Google Improves Visibility of Instant Apps with 'Try It Now' Button
Google today outlined a number of improvements it has made to the Play Store in order to help both consumers and developers make the most of Android apps and games. The most significant user-facing change is the addition of a "Try It Now" button that accompanies Instant Apps in the Play Store.
Google Releases Android 8.1 Oreo
Google today made Android 8.1 Oreo official. Google had made the final developer preview of the refreshed platform available at the end of November.
Google Offers More Fine-Tuned App Curation in the Play Store
Google today improved the Editors' Choice section of the Google Play Store with what it calls "better curation to help you find high-quality apps." In short, Google has added new editorial pages to the Editors' Choice section, which provide more fine-tuned recommendations for apps and games. Recommendations now explore specific game genres and app categories with reviews on each theme.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.