When developers release updates to their apps without listing the changes, normally about half of the Market comments turn sour, especially considering Google added the changelog feature into the core of the Market a few months ago. When Google itself does it to one of the flagship products... let's just say things are not pretty.

Version 5.3.1 of Google Maps arrived a few hours ago without a single mention of any novelties or bug fixes. The result? Pages upon pages of 1-star reviews - in fact, there are so many of them that I gave up clicking after page 40.

So, kids, if you're thinking of releasing an update without telling the mob what's new, be prepared for the consequences, no matter how undeserved (especially if all these will end up being nothing more than bug fixes).

Update: The changelog, which ended up being just 2 minor bugfixes, as we expected, can be found in Google support forums: "We've pushed out a new release, version 5.3.1. This version should fix the Manage My Places and auto-checkins issues you've been reporting in this thread and elsewhere in the Forum. " - thanks, Ben!




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  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin Ben Marvin

    Weird, the Market is still showing version 5.3.0 for me with no update available. G2 with CM7.

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin Ben Marvin

    Here's the Changelog: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=38e9bf9302a24cde&hl=en

    "This version should fix the Manage My Places and auto-checkins issues"

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks Ben, I've updated the post with this information.

  • Álmos

    People are so mean in market comments. They give 1 star ratings for anything. Bad day at work? Blame the Fruit Ninja developers! Bought the cheapest, crappiest phone available? It's Rovio's fault! No changelog for an obviously minor bugfix release for an awesome app? 1STAR!!!!11

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, hiding behind the Internet walls and being faceless brings out the worst in some. Kind of like Internet comments in general.

  • http://www.droidweb.com Droidweb

    This very article shows one of my peeves with the Android market. I know change logs are convenient and quite necessary, but cut the devs some slack, will ya? Making software isn't exactly a stress free fool proof process, and this is Google maps we're talking about. How many times have these very users who are one-starring the software used this very program to find somewhere important during their travels? How many of these users are going to revise their ratings now that the change log is out? How many would have actually read through the changelog if Google had included it the first time around? Android market commenters are by and large spoiled and feel like the world is entitled to them and when they don't get the world on a silver platter they start whipping out the low ratings. Its not fair to developers.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Absolutely, comments are like fire - they will burn so much and are so brutal and unfair that you never want to experience them again. I am willing to bet the Maps team will not make this mistake again though :)

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      aking software isn’t exactly a stress free fool proof process
      Indeed. It's harsh criticism like we see here that forces fools out of the market allowing serious competitors to continue to deliver quality products to their customers. If Google can't take the heat, they need to get out of the kitchen.

  • Aaron

    What a bunch of morons. This echo chamber BS get old. If you gave maps a 1-star review based on this, you should be ashamed.

  • Kareem

    I think it's a case of people copying what other people write. Guranteed most of those people who reviewed it don't really give a shit.

    Hell, how many people actually read the change log?

  • Andy C

    Yes, People give a 1 star rating for no reason and there is no right of reply.
    My app gives fuel prices for the metropolitan area of Perth, Australia. It says so in the title in capital letters. But I get a 1 star rating from a French person because it has no French prices? Also an American who complains that there are no prices in US except in Hawaii ( heads up Waikiki is a southern suburb of Perth Australia ).

    Even the Australian from Victoria who gave a 3 star marking saying it would be 5 if it gave prices in Melbourne!

    I wish people would mark scores against what the developer says the app does not what the reviewer thinks the app should do. I wouldn't mark a chess app down because it does not know how to play poker..

    Rant done.....

    But people lighten up its a free app by Google. It is without doubt one of the only apps that Android users can say to IPhone users, but does your phone do this... and then have a smug grin. Give them a break.

    Myself, I'll be giving it a 5 star rating to counter all over the top moaning.

    I sugest we all do.

  • Bob C

    sad thing is, if everybody stops updating because of the lack of changelog, eventually google will just start pushing the updates... *sigh*

    • Carlos

      Doubtful. I mean the whole reason Google is working on bringing key gapps to the Market is to fight fragmentation and keep people from having to wait for OS updates. If retards are too special to update because 'Oh em gee theirs no changlog' then they shouldn't have a SMARTphone.

  • Someone

    What strikes me most is that these people seem to have this feeling that an app is better, or even safer to download, when there's a changelog...

  • lilafc

    I have not read any changlog since switching to Android. And if the app I'm getting is from Google, I just install it, no problems or issues there.

  • Mark

    I always used to think Google inflated their reviews since they owned the platform and could adjust it however they deemed fit. After this little incident, that doubt exists no more.

  • bob

    I always read the changelog sometime the make changes what I doint care about and then i doint update cause I have limited data limit on my phone

    But you guys are right it is wrong to gif one star just cause there is no changelog