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Play Store Category Icons Are Showing Up In Searches For Some Users

Google often makes small improvements to the Play Store without any announcements or fanfare, and this appears to be happening with the latest update to the mobile Play Store search engine. Some (but certainly not all) users are seeing quick links to category pages when they make relevant searches on Android, complete with easy-to-spot icons right in the drop-down field. The icons are showing up both for straight searches and for popular related apps.

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Play Store May Be Redirecting Some Search Terms To The Predefined Categories

The user experience on Android is never standing still, which is no more evident than in the Play Store itself. It seems Google may be trying out a new behavior for search queries that match the names of the Play Store's predefined categories. Instead of presenting a list of apps, searching for a term like 'action' or 'puzzle' can bring up structured lists like those that would appear in the category itself.

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Google's 20 Reorganized Play Store Game Categories Now Live, Including Game-Related Widgets And LWPs

At the end of last year, Google promised a big Play Store reorganization during which the 8 existing game categories would be cleaned up and expanded to 18. Two of the categories (Widgets and Live Wallpapers) weren't even games at all - they somehow ended up there and bothered everyone who noticed ever since.

This morning, after a month of delays, the company announced that the expansion would start soon.

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Google Play Store Game Category Expansion Is A No-Show For February, Support Page Now Says March

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.

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The Google Play Store Will Add Expanded Game Categories In February 2014

You don't have to spend much time on the Play Store to see that games are a big part of the service and the platform. Google has already done a lot to highlight gaming with Play Store categories and landing page promotions, but starting in February, developers and end users will have roughly three times as many categories to browse through. The new game categories are as follows:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Arcade
  • Music
  • Role Playing
  • Simulation
  • Strategy
  • Puzzle
  • Card
  • Casino
  • Casual
  • Board
  • Family
  • Trivia
  • Word
  • Racing
  • Sports

That's seventeen categories, up from the previous six (Arcade & Action, Brain & Puzzle, Cards & Casino, Casual, Racing, and Sports Games).

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LiveSorter Eases The Process Of Sorting Apps - RIP, Manually Maintained Folders

With somewhere around 200 apps on my phone at any given time, it can be a pain to scroll through all of them to find what I'm looking for. Categorizing apps into handy folders can also be time-consuming. Fazik Logic takes the concept of sorting your apps one step further however with LiveSorter, a new app that automatically sorts installed applications into appropriate categories.

Adding to the list of LiveSorter's benefits, it has relatively no resource drain as it only wakes when a new app is installed and needs to be sorted.

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AppBrain Helps Users Find Apps That Utilize In-App Billing, Bests The Android Market Once Again

It's no secret that the Android Market isn't exactly the easiest place to find what you want. Unless an app is super popular, brand new, or you know its exact name, you could end up wandering in that virtual mall like a small child whose mother forgot to tell them she was heading to the next shop.

AppBrain has been a popular way to deal with the poor organization of the Market, allowing users to search for apps in a variety of categories and giving suggestions for programs based on what is currently installed on users' handsets.

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Android Market Updates Continue With New Application And Game Categories

Continuing with the numerous Android Market updates, Google just refreshed the categories that users can use to filter and browse Market apps and games. The changes are now live on both the backend Developer Console and the live Market.

Here is a table showing the previous and new categories (new categories are in green, modified in yellow):

Previous app categories New app categories Previous game categories New game categories
  Books & Reference Arcade & Action Arcade & Action
  Business Brain & Puzzle Brain & Puzzle
Comics Comics Cards & Casino Cards & Casino
Communication Communication Casual Casual
  Education   Sports Games
Entertainment Entertainment    
Finance Finance    
Health Health & Fitness    
Lifestyle Lifestyle    
Multimedia Media & Video    
  Medical    
  Music & Audio    
News & Weather News & Magazines    
  Personalization    
  Photography    
Productivity Productivity    
Reference      
Shopping Shopping    
Social Social    
Sports Sports    
Themes Themes    
Tools Tools    
  Transportation    
Travel Travel & Local    
Demo      
Software Libraries Libraries & Demo    
  Weather    

A shot of the Developer Console:

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Thanks, yuku

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AppBrain Rolls Out New Ways To Search, Filter, And Discover Your Next Favorite Apps In The Android Market

Let's face it: browsing the Android Market on your desktop currently sucks. For one thing, there aren't any categories - just "Top Free" and "Top Paid." For another, there's no search!

On your phone, the situation isn't much better - you can search, which is good if you know what you're looking for in advance but you still can't filter those results. And discovering new apps is just downright horrible.

This is where sites like AppBrain come in.

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