Google Play Store reviews now available by device type and region

We had to wait over a year for it, but it’s finally here. Google Play Store reviews are now listed by device type and region.

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Google Play Store reviews: by device type and location

It was announced by Google itself more than a year ago. Reviews in the Play Store had to become a lot more useful for users. How were they going to do that? By showing specific reviews to specific users. If you scroll through Google’s app store on your smartphone, it’s nice to see reviews from similar users. Experiences about the app or game on a tablet, smartwatch, Chromebook or foldable are then meaningless.

The first changes to this policy were visible from the end of 2021. Now it is a lot more visible, because if you want to read some reviews now you will see a notification about the adjusted policy. Also on the editorial board of Android Planet the novelties have already been spotted.

In addition to the type of device, your location also plays a major role in which reviews you do or do not see. Users on other continents or even countries may have very different experiences or an update may lead to problems in certain regions, but not at all elsewhere.

It is therefore possible that a certain game or app scores a different review figure per region. If that deviates a lot from the current figure, Google will let the developer know in advance. For example, work can still be done on an update to overcome this, which will be released earlier or later.

Reviews only visible in Play Store after 24 hours

Earlier this month, more positive news appeared in terms of reviews in the Play Store. From now on, they will only be placed after 24 hours instead of immediately. That’s great for developers, who have more time to respond to reviews.

It also prevents ‘review-bombing’, which now regularly occurs. If a group of users does not like something about the app or a choice of the developer, low marks can be given. If thousands of people do that in a short period of time, an average score can plummet within a few hours, something you don’t want as a developer.

Do you check a lot of reviews in the Play Store if you are looking for new apps, games or other content? If so, do you like these changes? Drop it in the comments!

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