30 April 2021
Google appears to be trying out a new feature inside its Play Store. As seen by a reader of AndroidPolice, the new feature shows direct comparisons between similar apps to help users decide which app best fits their needs.
To show the comparisons between the apps of a similar category, Google Play Store has made a new section called “Compare apps.” This section shows up below the Reviews section of the individual app. It compares similar apps so that a user could see which app checks all the requirements and is most suitable.
As reported by the tech blog, the new feature appears to be currently limited to a few popular media players. If this goes successful, we might see more categories joining this feature and helping users in deciding the best apps for them. As evident in the gif shared, the feature is comparing similar apps on the basis of many factors. In this case, the feature compares them on the basis of Ease of use, Visual quality, Streaming/casting, Controls, and more.
It appears Google Play Store is making good use of all those review points it asks us every time we review any app. Remember those simple questions that we answer with yes, no, or maybe? It seems Google has collected that data and made use of it to make an entirely new and useful feature.
As AndroidPolice points out, with so many apps available on the Play Store, it may not be possible to assess which app is best and could suit your needs. A comparison chart comparing similar apps side-by-side could come very handy and allows you to know about all the apps in just one section. In fact, it seems these apps are selected by Google Play Store’s algos only, so indirectly they are the best recommendations for you already.
The new Compare apps section has been spotted in the wild on version 22.4.28 of the Play Store, but there is likely a server-side component that determines whether the new app comparison section shows up to not. Also, note that not all Google experiments make the cut, so it is likely that Google decides not to roll out this feature at all or it may take more time to release it to everyone. Comparing similar apps side-by-side appears to be a useful option and we believe this should launch pretty soon.