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Oct
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Bringing probably one of the most useful changes to the web Android Market since its reveal, Google just rolled out an update to how user reviews can be sorted. But first, a little bit of history. When the Market was released, all reviews were sorted in a natural reverse chronological order.

At some point later, Google changed the sort to float most helpful reviews to the top (whatever that algorithm may be), which infuriated many as now old and oftentimes irrelevant reviews showed up above newer, more useful ones.

Today, we, the users, can finally sort reviews any way we see fit:

  • newest
  • rating
  • helpfulness

Yay!

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Now if we could only filter by version number... can we have that next, Google? Pretty please? Oh yeah, and any chance of the same in the device Market?

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

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    Sorting by version number would be great! Especially if we could download previous versions, like if the current version is really buggy or crashing your device.

  • Jim

    About effing time!

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  • BobB

    I am using version 3.1.5 and I can't figure out how to get to the "Sort by" setting pictured above. How do you get to it?

    • Jim

      This is for the web market interface only for now

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