Android market tips: Boost your Google App Store experience

By , CIO |  Mobile & Wireless, Android Market, Google

One great way to stay on top of the most popular or latest apps the Android Market has to offers is by using the Market home-screen widget. This widget displays a constant stream of new, noteworthy and/or popular apps, and you never have to actually open the Market to see them since the widget sits on one of your Android home screens.

To enable the Android Market home-screen widget, simply navigate to a home screen with some open space, and then press and hold your display for a second or two until a menu pops up. Next, choose the Android widgets option from the menu, and then scroll down to and select Market. The Android Market widget will then appear on your home screen.

3) Before Buying Android Market Apps, Do Your Research

Thanks to an easy-to-navigate ratings and review system, the Android Market makes it fairly simple to read up on applications before your download or purchase them to determine which apps are getting the most positive feedback--and which downloads are not so well received.

Before you buy or download an application it's a good idea to search around a bit for similar or alternatives apps that may serve the same purpose, and then see which of those apps have the highest ratings.

When looking at star-ratings in the Android Market, you should also take into account how many individual users have submitted ratings. For example, if one application has a five-star rating out of five possible stars, but only ten users have rated it, one of whom gave the application a one-star rating, it might be wise to go with another application that has only a four-star rating, but with 100 total user-ratings.

In addition to star-ratings, the Android Market lets users submit short, written reviews. Before downloading or purchasing an app, I also suggest you read through the review to see if anything jumps out at you. You might notice that while the app seems to work great for the majority of users, Android owners with your specific device or OS version are having issues, for instance. Or you might learn that the app works great, but only if you've "rooted" your handheld.

You may also want to check out apps of interest on third-party app stores to see if they're cheaper...or maybe even free, as could be the case with Amazon's Appstore for Android, which offers a different paid app for free each day. (Read more about Amazon's Android Appstore.)

4) Regularly Review Android Market Apps, Good and Bad

Just as it's a great idea to read reviews of applications on the Android Market before downloading, it's also good practice to rate and review any applications you spend significant time with, so other users can benefit from your feedback.


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