Google Play Store Takes Inspiration From App Store, Adds ‘Free App of the Week’ Section

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Mar 27, 2017
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Google has been rolling out a slew of new features for its Play Store. Now, in the latest extension spree, the tech giant has added ‘Free App of the Week’ section to the Play Store. Similar to the one on Apple’s App Store, this one too features a free app every week. It will list weekly offers on popular apps.

Recently, Google also extended a new feature to developers, which allows them to show sale pricing on their apps in the Play Store. With the latest free app section, it seems like Google is working hard to woo Android users for downloading more apps. It could prove to be a profitable move for both Google and Android users. For now, the new free app section has limited visibility, which means that users in regions like India might not be able to see it. Google will gradually roll it out to all the regions.

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The first app to feature on Google’s free app of the week section is the Card Wars: Adventure Time. The app’s regular pricing is $2.99, but it will available for free throughout this week. The functioning of the new section is simple – listing paid apps under free tag for a week so that users get to try them without paying a dime. You can easily spot this new section if it has already been rolled out for your region, it is placed in the Apps page and is visible on both mobile and desktop versions of Play Store.

You can check the section anytime if you are looking to try a new cool app for free. Other than the inclusion of free app section, users also spotted another change in the design of My Apps section. The section is now neatly segregated into four sections – Updates, Installed, Library, and Beta. In the Installed and Library tabs, users will also be able to sort the apps in the desired order such as alphabetical, last updated, last used, and size.

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With the inclusion of exciting new sections, it seems like Google is planning to provide an enhanced experience to the users. There are also fair chances that Google might introduce more changes for Play Store in the coming weeks. There are rumours that Google might include a new editorial page, which will feature handpicked selection of apps and games by Google’s in-house editors. Interestingly, the editor’s pick section too has been a part of Apple’s App store since a long time. We wonder what are the rules of inspiration!

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