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Were you excited to hear the Google Play is getting an expanded list of game categories? Well curb your enthusiasm - the switch to the expanded list was tentatively scheduled for "February," but as one reader noticed, the new categories haven't been implemented yet. The relevant Play Store support page has been modified, and now it says that the change will come sometime "around March."

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Switching from the old list of just six categories to an expanded 17 (which contain the original six plus more specific sub-genres) would be a boon to both Android users and developers. Currently searching for general apps on the Play Store is an exercise in frustration - for example, a Blackjack game under the new system would go in the Casino category rather than the far, far more general "Card & Casino" category currently in place, which is where everything from card battle games to memory matchers needs to be placed at the moment.

We've got no idea why Google delayed the switch, though it surely isn't as simple a procedure as you might think. Developers need to place their games in new categories (if applicable) or live with the more generic category said game is currently assigned. This is pure speculation, but perhaps too few of the thousands of game developers have actually gone through the pre-switch process to make the change effective. Whatever the reason, we'll be watching for the new game categories over the next four weeks.

Source: Google Play Store support - thanks, Kaero!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Tiago Pestana

    You know what we really need?
    A filter to all our paid apps
    They need to show applications that you purchased, so you don't have to dig through hundreds of free apps anymore pleaseeeee google!!!!!

    • Wayne Randall

      I use the web interface for "My Apps" and/or Google Wallet for that. Wallet does quite a nice job actually, better than anything Play has to offer at the moment.

      • Tiago Pestana

        I use "Purchased Apps" it's pretty good and gets the job done...but they need to add that!

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

        We need this in the Play Store app, not outside of it. The worst thing is, the Play Store team has shown that it doesn't understand why we want it so they don't care for adding it.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Or better yet add an option to sort "My Apps" section by paid/free, or date bought/downloaded for the first time, or just by name

  • Wayne Randall

    They need to get "Games" out of "Apps" while they're at it.

    • Deeco

      THIS.

      I don't understand how this is left unnoticed.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      You mean exclude the ability to browse for games from the play store into play games?

      • Marcell Lévai

        Nope, he means apps and games should be two deifferent categories and games should be part of apps.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Ooooh, I see.

  • dan

    It has been a while since we last saw and update for the playstore app

  • realitysconcierge

    Oh man I can't wait for this update. It's about time lol.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    I'd settle for semi-accurate search results.

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

      I want intitle support back.

  • Kaero

    Cool, for some reason I didn't think this would actually get an article.

  • Jason Bourne

    Coming from iOS, I found that really strange having so few categories.

  • Unknown182

    I'd kill for an option to filter out games that have IAPs. It would be a boon to developers who play fair.

    • primalxconvoy

      I also want to see free demos, games that support hardware controls (mouse, keyboard and joypads), etc ie included in a filter.

  • tracy sabb

    Tracy says I have a samsung galaxy tablet 3 I'm just wondering why I cannot get onto Google Play Store. I'm getting a response that I'm not connected and I am connected to my internet I can get on to Google Play Store via my phone galaxy s3 however my tablet I don't have access to it anymore why?