On the Google Playstore and other Appstores are hosted variety of third party Apps ranging from games, utility Apps, configuration Apps, messengers (IMs) among others. Usually, we want to download an App to solve a particular problem, enhance our device’s utility, connect with friends or better still entertain ourselves.
With so many Apps to choose from a particular category, it’s often very difficult to tell which one will be perfect in suiting our need or which one is compatible with our Android devices*. The truth of the matter is, we can never tell with certainty which ones will be of use unless we are referred by a sincere friend who has used the app before.
*(the information presented in this note is particularly written for Android Apps from the Google Playstore. However, the same note is useful in the case of selecting Apps from other Appstores or other OS platform Apps and their related Appstores)
What about the case where nobody closer can testify to the App’s real ability and compatibility? That will be a challenge to select from many, an App that will just be perfect the way we need it.
But don’t worry, Playstores usually come with good systems (features) that always assist users in choosing the best Apps. Below, I am highlighting five (5) useful ways to select a good App on Google Playstore (which of course can be similarly useful, if not equally, on other Appstores):
- Search the application (App)
You need a particular game, messenger or any other App which you have not used before or added to your list of favorite Apps (Wishlist)? There’s a Search section on top of the Google Playstore App when launched. Enter a keyword or phrase that forms part of the App’s name and search, the store gives a feedback of the top Apps whose names contain a keyword or phrase that you searched. Take it from there.
- Check the App’s user rating
User rating is a feature in Playstore that allows App users to review an App based on the users’ experience. Users can always rate up to a maximum of Five Stars (*****) on Google Playstore. According to Google Playstore, a one star (*) rate means a user hate the App for one or more reasons while a five star (*****) rate means the user loves the App based on good performance. An App’s featured rating is always an average of the total star ratings reviewed.
An App with an average user rating of 4+ stars will do well while those with a 3- stars won’t help (according to my own experience). While the number of stars counts, the number of reviews also plays a very important role in determining the App’s performance as it determines the average stars earned by an App according to the number of users who installed the App.
- What of the user comment?
Comments often come attached to user rating where the Apps; good abilities, compatibility issues and related problems are highlighted. These help the App developers to know areas of their App that need improvement. While this is more useful to developers, they also help potential users of the App to get more information on the App’s performance before deciding on whether or not to download (install) the said Apps. Always read the comments.
- App Information (about/description)
App developers (publishers) include useful information plus screenshots (will be covered in the next point). These help potential users to learn more about the features of the App. Such information include notes on the App’s makeup, usage, tutorials, size of App (storage required to hold an installation of the App) and other useful links related to the publishers. Learning such information will tell you a lot about the App helping you to make installation decisions on the App.
- Don’t ignore the screenshots
Another useful feature of an App is its User Interface (UI). The UI is the App’s front-end interactive graphics. It is made up of how the App presents its content and depends on how the App was designed. The beauty of an App depends on its UI. Of course, the content and other important features is the primary concern but how they are aesthetically presented goes a long way to spice up the user’s interest and experience.
Checking the screenshots of the App’s UI will help you gain insight into the beauty of the App—an important feature too.
With these points, you are good to go. Be a good Android user. Please share this!