App discovery in the ay store hasn’t exactly been Android’s strong suit. Even with the myriad of categories available, finding something worthwhile is a bit of a doozy. ’s taking steps to change that, however, by making its Android platform a little more social.
Earlier this week, the company subtly added the ability to check out what your friends have been rating downloading. Now, the functionality is available on the mobile version of the ay Store.
Swipe out the navigation menu you should see the new ople category. There’s a section with apps recently reviewed by “familiar faces,” along with profile photos of people thinks you might want to follow on ay. will even suggest popular pages you might be interested in following, offer a hy link to see what your other friends are up to.
It’s really all a ploy to get its Android users hooked on +. If can’t grow its social network organically, it might as well integrate it tightly into every product you use. But more social integration means that Android users no longer have to feel like lone wolves. There are people downloading apps content from the ay Store, it’s helpful to be able to see what they’re doing with their respective Android devices.
Even more valuable would be a function similar to the “Near Me” feature in the ione App Store, which shows what other apps people typically grab from your geographical location.