07
May
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I know many of you have been longing for a way to filter the apps you've paid for into one convenient list. Neither the web nor the app Play Store currently allow this, despite years of outcry. Things are looking up, however, as I believe Google is finally paying attention.

You see, there is a little-known official channel with current top suggestions for Play Store-related features called Suggest a feature for Google Play. You can suggest your own ideas at the bottom, but it also contains a curated list of current top suggestions you can vote for by clicking Suggest it (I think it's a little ambiguous to have a Suggest it button in a list of existing suggestions - it should probably be called Vote for it).

Guess which suggestion showed up in this list today - in fact, it's currently the only suggestion that applies to the Google Play site and app themselves as opposed to various content types: Advanced content filtering on play.google.com and in the Play Store app.

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Can it be? Is Google finally ready to accept the epic challenge of adding a few checkboxes? It sure looks like it if you ask me.

There's one more new suggestion as of today, which I think is quite important as well: Ability to load your own ebooks into your books on Google Play collection (under Helpful additions). I don't know about you, but I'd love to see this implemented.

I think you know what to do.

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.

  • Russell Walker

    Night Mode for the web reader and the addition of textbooks to the Play store would be pretty awesome as well.

  • Evan

    I'd still love to see the ability to add apps to my wishlist from the web store.

    My connection is poop at work and it would be easier if I could add interesting apps to check out when I get home. As it stands now, I have a G+ circle with no one in it called "Apps to try" that I share apps to, but that winds up giving apps an inflated +1 count.

    The other major lacking feature is the ability to gift apps to other people. The Play Store prepaid cards are nice for large amounts, but being able to buy a great app and send it to a friend is a sorely needed feature.

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

      Am I the only one who finds the current implementation of the wish list completely useless and therefore doesn't use it?

      There are no alerts of price drops, no ways to monitor for apps you want that aren't available/compatible/live yet, no ability to interact with it on the web, no categorization/tagging to have multiple lists, etc. It's a first step, but one that's now a year old and still just as pointless as before.

      • Evan

        I completely agree that the current implementation is piss poor. But with most things Google (cough...Voice.. cough) it seems like they started with a good idea, got distracted by something shiny outside, and then shipped a half-assed version of that good idea.

        • mesmorino

          that's actually a very accurate description of Google in general. they need to quit that bullshit about shipping half finished things

        • primalxconvoy

          Finally, someoneelse who understands Google! Google now, Google maps, Gmail, Android you name it; all half arsed and undercooked.

          • Metallinatus

            Say that Android is half arsed is just... lol!
            Android evolves in one year more than iOS evolved in its entire life....

          • primalxconvoy

            And yet many of its features are still behind ios in terms of quality.

          • Metallinatus

            At least Android have features, many many many more features than iOS, which took 4 entire versions just to let you change the wallpaper... and still people call it advanced....

          • ltredbeard

            While i agree with the premise, I don't agree with your examples. Google now is getting updated so it hasn't been forgotten. Google Maps, Gmail and Android, really? You must be trollin.

          • primalxconvoy

            Gmail: still has problemswith attachments. Google now can't (via maps) manuallyset my home or work location and also won't use my ivona tts when speakingback to me. Maps never shows my location proteolytic and won't allow me to set my home and work location.

          • John O’Connor

            Your home and work locations can be set in google now. Just press the menu button and go to settings to edit them.

          • primalxconvoy

            The option took me to Google maps, which couldn't set my work and home manually. Like I said, still broken.

          • John O’Connor

            So you opened google now (from the search bar or opened from search).... then used the menu button.

            Selected settings> places> home?

            It should not bring you to maps at all.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Wishlist is a great way for me to flag an app that I would like to purchase in the future without having to remember it's name. But other than that... yeah really no other use.

      • Rob

        I use it for movies that are rental only, I just check every so often to see if they are available for purchase yet

      • Dipish

        Yes there are no alerts of price drops but I still use the wishlist functionality to add some paid apps I'd like to check out later and eventually get back to them. Still helps to have certain apps "bookmarked" and not having to remember later "That nice personal finance app" I meant to check out a month ago.

        Funnily, I also used wishlists pick out some books to try to get on Amazon Kindle store later :)

      • Thx84

        I only use it when I'm on data and I need to remember to check a big app that would drain my data plan

      • Kevin Bak

        I use AppSales https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.tsapps.appsales for that at the moment, something like that implemented in Google Play would be great.

        Would rather have better filtering first though.

      • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

        You should be leaving the idea under, "I have another idea", then adding advanced sorting of apps into categories, such as paid, free, etc.

        EDIT:

        Start the trend here so they get the same message. This is what I left for "I have another idea":

        Paid apps category under My Apps

      • Elemetrix

        I really wish it tracked prices like Amazon does maybe with alerts added too.

      • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

        I actually just started using the wish list. It has come in handy to add items that I don't want to get now, but know they are there when I'm ready. I only need to know they are still in the Store, so I don't have to go looking for them.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. Exactly.

          That's what I use it for, mainly. It's basically a bookmark system for apps that I'm interested in but don't feel like trying to remember.

      • Simon Belmont

        I mainly use it to keep track of a list of apps that I'm interested in. There's so many that I'm interested in that sometimes it's hard to remember them all, so the wishlist helps there.

        I do agree that I wish it could do more though. I wish it would be possible to see friend's wishlists and, in the future, gift them apps.

    • Matthew Fry

      I submitted it as a suggestion. If we all do maybe we can give them a skewed sense of priority :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230008633 Jens Törnblad

    I suggested: Ability to opt out of automatic translation of app names and descriptions.

    It's really annoying. Apps getting called really dumb things and the descriptions are very hard to understand when not translated correctly. It would be alot easier to just read it in proper English as the app developer probably wrote it in.

    • primalxconvoy

      Er, what do you mean? I doubt Google translates English descriptions into English. In Japan, very few of the Japanese descriptions, etc are translated into English. I'd love an auto translate of the whole freaking store.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230008633 Jens Törnblad

        I mean that an apps name and description is being translated from English (that it's originally written in) to my language (Swedish). Extremely frustrating. All apps get really weird names and descriptions.

  • Steve Green

    How about let me filter out IAP.
    I am ok with free and advertising, I am fine with pay and no advertising. I am not OK with IAP.

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

      That's not going to happen. Plus, it's silly to put all IAPs into the same category. A free app + IAP to turn it into a paid app without losing data/progress is perfectly acceptable.

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        I actually prefer this, especially to keep my progression.
        Now if game saves/settings could be backed-up on Google Drive..

      • Steve Green

        Maybe to you. I would prefer to just buy the game from the market. Having a lite version and the full version use the same save game is not impossible.

      • Matthew Fry

        Games with IAP then.

  • RitishOemraw

    Ability to load your own ebooks into your books on Google Play collection

    THIS, so much this!!!

  • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron Echols

    I don't know that this is talking about sorting paid apps, this is talking about advanced application CONTENT filtering, ie, being able to eliminate apps that children shouldn't see, etc.

  • primalxconvoy

    I suppose "new games/apps" is out of the question...

  • http://twitter.com/TrustDan Dan Rust

    it's under their 'google play' tab now rather than helpful stuff

  • Mick S

    the ability to add my own ebooks to google books would be fantastic

  • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

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  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    I added this one
    Send a 'sealed' copy of a purchased app to another user.

    Why can't we send app as a gift yet..

    • Evan

      App gifting would be a boon to the Play store. I really hope this gets on their radar (I also put it down as a suggestion)

      • Patrick Hermey

        indeed. its almost like they dont want more money for themselves or the developers.

    • ltredbeard

      What do you mean by sealed?

      • Matthew Fry

        I'm going to go out on a limb and say they mean, "Inaccessible to you and therefore not yours." Or to put it another way, a way of buying the app, possibly more than once (which you can't do), and giving it to another user.

        • ltredbeard

          Pretty much what they meant, thanks!

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        As I doubt Google would allow users to resell their "used" apps, it would be a way of buying an app that you can't use but store it in an inventory.

        Kind of like how Steam is doing it right now.

        • ltredbeard

          Ah, ok. Thanks

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Adding my own ebooks to Play Books is something I've wanted for a long time. Aldiko is nice and all, but I prefer the Play Books app.

  • squiddy20

    What I find sad is, a few months after the rollout of the Play Store (from Android Market), there used to be a section that had only your paid apps. But then during an "update", this section went away. I remember getting a modified version of it from XDA several months afterwards that was signed slightly differently so it would work even if you had the most up-to-date version (so you had 2 Play Store apps).

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    I want to see a better way of permanently removing free apps from my account. I'm tired of stumbling across apps I used to have installed on my HTC Dream but at the same time too lazy to remove hundreds of them one by one from my account.

    • Patrick Hermey

      you can press and hold. then tap each one and remove all at once.

      a suggestion that i plan on adding in a sec is the ability to do the same thing for multiple installs.

      • Paul

        That press and hold thing only works with ICS and newer. In GB you still have to remove those apps one at a time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

          So you want them to spend time adding features to old versions?

          • Paul

            Did i in any way imply that i'd like them to spend time adding this feature for older systems? *checks his post again* Nope, don't think so. Pretty much just stated a fact.

  • John O’Connor

    suggestions made

  • Trey Daum

    There seems to be no suggestion page for other content on the play store (particularly music), which is surprising since music has been in online stores longer than ebooks. At least I can't find a suggestion page for music (or movies).

  • Babs Oyed

    Just left the website after making all kinds of suggestions. I hope these get implemented quickly.

    I added suggestions for 1) Text reflow and 2) Allow labeling of bookmarks.

  • ltredbeard

    So what if Google is just using this as a way to make us think they are listening and they are really working on all these features anyways! I guess either way its a win win.

  • http://profiles.google.com/deepmenace nick bowers

    i'd like to be able to gift google apps. i wouldn't like to even hazard a guess at how much money this would make devs+google. people love giving stuff away more than receiving it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      While I agree this would be great, they would need to include the ability for the recipient to reject the app. Imagine all the damage you could do by simply buying an app for someone else's phone that was installed automatically.

  • Bryan Walker

    the only thing missing from Play Books is the ability to add your own books, it is the only feature that I've been wanting from Play Books that's not there. I want that more than I want the selection to the App Store because we already have something similar to that with one of her latest updates. Different free apps try to get the same page turning effect in smoothness that comes from Play Books to no avail let's do it Google let me add my own book.

  • http://twitter.com/and1945 Andreas Brandenborg

    Thank you. Now I could tell them how silly the new Android update was.

    Also, filtering would be lovely.

  • http://twitter.com/exynoshd Daniel

    Ability to "Lend eBooks"? Umm... Hell yeah. Digital content sharing. Oh wait. I am sure someone will try and make this illegal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

    I suggested a very important feature:
    "Transfer ownership of bought Play items (Mainly Apps) from one Google account to another (migrate account)"

    Like this I can transfer some apps i bought by mistake on my work account to my personal one, instead of having to buy them again. If this can be added on the single app level, then gifting apps will be possible with it.

    suggest this you too...

  • Marcos Trujillo

    "Ability to buy and five apps to another persons"

    "Improve the Google Play Webpage with the latest native app improvements and UI"

    Please, Help to suggest that important features!

  • Dan

    +1 to all of the complaints about the wish list, but how about letting us give an offer price? If the app is $6, let me offer $.99 or $2 and then show the dev a running total of the number of people offering that price. If the dev permanently drops the price, my purchase happens and the dev is prevented from later jacking the price back up.

    The bonus would be that this would obviously require a mechanism to make it easy for us to keep track of our offers, etc. In other words, they'd have to include some real features to make it work.

  • Magnus Skaanevik

    I just want access to play books in my country! :-(

  • Scott Burgeson

    Being able to upload my own books to Google Reader would completely change my life.

  • makapav

    The morons in the Play Store team needs suggestions for what to improve?

    The only suggestion those fuckers need is to use their own products beyond the single use case they dreamed up. There are so many basic functions missing in the Play Store it's almost a joke. If they spent 10 minutes on Amazon or AppBrain they'll know what will greatly enhance user experience.

  • https://plus.google.com/111019692970182387850 Carlos Sarthou

    One of the main things I'm still hoping for is a way to gift apps to other users. I know some people who've just recently started using Android and I often find myself recommending paid apps, which is problematic because they've no means of actually purchasing them. It also doesn't help that Play Store gift cards aren't even available in my region.

  • OmarioAmriky

    Fucking EPUB support. I swear I'll kill someone if I don't get it. GAWD!!!

  • Paul Crane

    They took it away I guess it was too popular to complain to Google it just shows page not available now

  • Alex Thomas

    you can go to your Google Wallet and see all the apps that you have bought, that is the only way I know that you can see what apps you have paid for.... https://wallet.google.com

  • mph

    Seems the suggestions aren't welcome on Google Play now...

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