Android market tips: Boost your Google App Store experience

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

If you love an application, give it a good rating and explain in the review section why you appreciate it. If you're unsatisfied with a piece of Market software, take the time to write a review that details your specific complaints. Don't just rant and rave; inappropriate negative feedback doesn't help anyone, but constructive criticism can help other users and the app-developers.

Leaving your device model at the end of your review can also be valuable to Market customers so they can tell whether or not other users with the same Android devices had good or bad luck with specific apps.

5) Get Custom Android Market App Recommendations With AppBrain

The AppBrain App Market is a third-party Android app store of sorts, but it still uses Google's official Android Market to supply software. What sets AppBrain apart from the Market is that you can quickly and easily connect with friends and colleagues to see what applications they're using at a given time, and find apps you may have otherwise missed.

AppBrain also provides a cool app-recommendation engine based on the software currently installed on your device and what other similar users have installed on their Android handsets.

Download the AppBrain App Market for free from the Android Market.

6) Support Android Market Developers Who Create Quality Apps

Many popular Android applications come in free, or "lite," and full, paid versions. Sometimes the paid apps offer significantly more features and functionality. And other times the paid versions offer only slightly more features or a streamlined interface, etc., and you're really just paying to support the developers' efforts.

Many paid applications sell for only a dollar or two--less than the price of a cup of coffee. If you regularly use a free or lite version of an Android Market app, consider upgrading to the full version to show the developers that you appreciate their work and to help support them so they can continue creating great Android software.

7) Organize Android Market Software

A ton of great applications are available through Google's Android Market, but it pays to be somewhat selective about the applications you download and install--or at least to organize all of your software--so you can easily find an app when you need it.

Two great ways to organize your Android Market software: dedicating home-screen panels to specific types of apps; and using folders.


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