User reviews are a big part of any storefront. Whether you're shopping on Amazon or directly from a manufacturer, being able to see what other buyers thought of the product can help you make an informed decision when buying. As Google continues to expand its online shop to include Pixel phones, Nest devices, Fitbit trackers, and more, it's vital for the company to add standard features to the site. Review pages for many of its most popular devices are now appearing on its storefront, but in typical Google fashion, they're launching half-baked and hidden from most users. Read More
Late last year, Google started showing like and dislike buttons on movie and TV shows' search results card. That allowed it to add its own ratings next to IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. But it was only a percentage of likes based on how many people tapped the thumbs up or down icon, so it didn't provide any context or explanation to the rating, thus making users head elsewhere for a more detailed opinion.
Now it appears that Google is testing a more elaborate rating system with full reviews. You can still like/dislike the movie, but if you scroll down you might also spot a new "Audience reviews" section. Read More
A good review can make all the difference when deciding on an app. But a review is only as good as it is relevant, so Amazon is tweaking the way the Appstore displays them.
The Appstore will start showing reviews that are specific to your device and version number. Read More