The Google Play Games app is launching a new all-in-one-filtered section to let users know that they can purchase factors such as purchase factors, critical ratings, genres, and even play-based factors such as accessibility and device orientation. What do you want to play on the basis. Now, if only on the Play Store we got this level of granularity appropriate …
A feature called “Fireball” was put on Google by product head Boris Massis for feedback on the Google Pixel subreddit – we could find it on the Play Games app on our phones.
The section itself, called “Dive Deep”, appears at the very bottom of the app and shows static icons and animated previews of many games. The image bank is the filter bar above that included the following parameters and sub-parameters when we saw them:
- Play pass
- Trending / New
- Instant / Premium / Free Install
- Advertisement / No Advertisement
- No in-app purchase / in-app purchase
- Editors’ Picks / 4-Star Reviews (Expandable Section)
- 4.2 stars
- 4.5 stars
- 4.7 stars
- Portrait / landscape orientation
- Play games (expandable section)
- Save cloud
- Family (Expandable Section)
- Age 5 and under
- Ages 6-8
- Ages 9 and up
- Genres (action, board, casino, etc.)
- Blind friendly
For a list of styles, users can tap on a dedicated overflow button to view them all. However, other selections such as the 4-Star Review section have sophisticated parameters – in this case, capable of scrubbing to ratings above 4.2, 4.5 or 4.7.
This Fireball-style filtering system has a similar, but extremely limited implementation on the Play Store, which appears when you manually search for an app – this is the way an app is playable, If its average rating is above 4 or 4.5 stars, if it is the Editors’ Choice, or if it is new. That said, we and at least some observers would love to see a dedicated filterable section, as we now see on Play Games.
I wish, as the Play Store was originally designed as a huge marketing morass for developers and publishers of all products who want to push, it could be a tough sell on that side of the fence.