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  • Google said: Functionality is irrelevant for getting apps featured on Play Store

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Cahit Crcioglu No comments

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    Yesterday, Google officially told in Istanbul, Turkey: Functionality is irrelevant while determining featured apps for a country. UI is everything for an app to get featured. Only apps with the perfect graphics or the app that was somehow partnered with Google will be selected. It is said that only 1 single Turkish app was selected by Google. Google says that they have to fill the screen with apps featured in USA if there are no cool looking apps in Turkey or in any other country.

    This idea breaks competition between apps and demotivates developers. It is also just a show-off of Google employees.

    As a side note: Microsoft and Apple do this localization of application store contents in a better way. Microsoft > Apple > Google

    Google may be right. But as a user on and a developer on all these platforms, I do want to see local content. I care less about apps mainly created for other regions of the world. I would prefer badly designed local content than perfectly designed foreign content.

    Assume that Google is perfectly right about what they are doing. In that case it is obvious that there is a common and a big problem related to UI guidelines or how they get interpreted by designers and developers; as only 1 single app was designed ‘that good’ from all of those applications, developers and companies. When compared with Apple and Microsoft, almost all of the apps are from the local region.

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