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Google Play Store comments section adds spam button, thumbs up to better flag comments

Derek Walter | Jan. 28, 2016
Google has been doing a lot of new experiments with the Play Store lately, though this change appears to be rolling out widely.

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Credit: Nick Mediati

Google is simplifying the system for giving feedback on Play Store app reviews.

You can now give a simple “thumbs up” if you like a comment or report it as spam if it’s rude, off-topic, or otherwise egregious. 

This replaces the previous system where you would pick between a thumbs up or down to rate someone’s review. It’s clear that Google is trying to clean up the Play Store reviews. Giving it a “thumbs down” is a little ambiguous, and could imply that you just disagree.

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Give a review a “thumbs up” or report it as spam with the newest tweak to the Play Store.

I spotted the change on my Nexus 6P right away, so this could be a rapid server-side rollout. From the Play Store, go to an app’s page and scroll down to select Read All Reviews. Then you’ll see the above list.

Why this matters: Google has made a number of changes to the Play Store lately, such as adding in-app promo codes and more prominently highlighting certain user reviews. It’s always a work in progress in order to improve the experience for developers and Android owners, so keep your eye open for new stuff.


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