A lot of little things got the axe in Google's latest redesign of the Play Store website. Most don't seem to be coming back (oh how we miss you, 30-day download chart!) but one of the most useful ones for browsing has been resurrected. You can now narrow search for apps based on their free or paid status: just click the drop-down menu next to "Android Apps," which is set to "All prices" by default.

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You can search for free apps, paid apps, or both, but unfortunately there's no means of filtering them beyond that - no ascending or descending lists, for example. Search results on the web are still strangely limited to 48 apps. You can also search for books in Google Play by free or paid status, but the option doesn't appear for movies, magazines, or music. There's still no way to filter search results in the Google Play Store Android app, beyond the featured and best-seller lists.

One more thing: I found out that if you leave the search field blank on the web Play Store and hit Enter, it will return a search for "unicorns". It does the same thing for all sections of the store - music, movies, everything. I don't know if this is new, but Agnes would approve.


Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Malufor

    Am i the only one who has had performance problems for the last few days? I'm using the newest Chrome build.

    • Nick Rosas

      It's really fucking slow sometimes and I usually just give up because it stays frozen while loading. The web version is a joke.

    • dhruva

      weird. mine is buttery smooth..and im on a ARM chromebook!

      • Malufor

        Try to go to "My Apps". Almost every time my browser just crashes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    Now if you could only mass-remove apps from the "Your Apps" list on the website... Le SIGH.

  • Phil Oakley

    All I need is the review filters to return. Not really bothered about the My apps list - although I see why you would be bothered by it, so I'd like to return for that reason.

    One thing I would like, however, for the Play Store in general: view purchased apps.

    • anywherehome

      Eg I almost don't use Google play....... It's useless like maps becomes useless more and more...

      • Phil Oakley

        So what do you use?

        • anywherehome

          Sygic and play store just for updates ;-)

  • yobbei

    I thought the web play store is an answer to itunes. I guess not. It is unusable now.

    Slow and does not have the functionalities that i need.

    Major fail.

    • Peacen1k

      I agree completely. With the update Playstore went from a useful resource to a completely useless afterthought of a website.

      I wonder how long it will take Google to bring all of the features back that made the site worth visiting?

      • Pwn3D

        Yes, it is like G+ may be beautiful but not useful

  • james kendall

    All I need is the review filters to return and revert the My apps list to the old method as frankly this new look to it SUCKS..

  • Ninja

    The new website play store it's the worst SH** i've EVER SEE!!! Where is the promote images... why so many empty spaces... why the new apps or related are gone... looks like Google some how hates new and independient developers.

    Hate them so much with the new changes... now it's all crap! CRAPPPP!!!

  • Vedang

    Only 48 apps in the search results makes it useless..