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I find it quite annoying that there is no easy way to sort the reviews of an Android app: - neither can I search for certain keywords that may appear in a review. - nor can I change the sort order, i.e. I can sort by rating, but if I want to see the 1-star ratings. I have to scroll all the way through thousands of higher ratings.

I am feeling quite tricked by Google. Of course it is obvious what they want to do - hide the "bad" ratings from the users. But seriously, it's not very customer friendly :(

Are there any web apps or sites that offer detailed sorting options for the Google Play Store?

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    Came here looking for an answer, but it almost seems like you simply can't. I guess we're all one happy family in information security land. ;-) – Someone May 10 '15 at 1:50
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I've uploaded a user script on GreasyFork that will allow you to filter app reviews based on their rating when accessing Google Play via a supported browser. See my answer on webapps.stackexchange.com for more details.

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No - not yet....

I'm restricting my reply to answering the question rather than yet more discussion about the pros & cons of ratings, filters and sorting.

For now there is no way to filter/sort "Android Apps" except by the following parameters:

  1. Search query: What you type in the search box
  2. Price:
    • All
    • Free
    • Paid
  3. Rating:
    • All
    • 4 stars+

That's the simple answer - for now!

If you want to know why I answered "No - not yet" instead of "No" - really? - you really want more details? Well, I don't recommend it, but for inquiring minds, read on....


However, it's obvious that if there is enough user support AND if it seems to the devs that it won't have a negative effect on user experience on the site, Google have made it easy to move to a more detailed filtering/sorting environment. Here's what they've introduced so far...

I'll use a simple example: the word "chat" in the search box and "Android Apps" selected as the "Results" choice (instead of "All results"). That last choice is because they've already introduced different filter/sort parameters for different result types (Music, Books etc). You can open the link below rather than make those selections and then play with it yourself.

If you do this search and make choices for "prices" and "ratings" rather than "All", you'll get something like this in the browser address bar:

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=chat&c=apps&price=0&rating=0&hl=en

Note that the parameters can be in any order. Strip the parameters out and you see three which aren't relevant to this:

  1. q : Search query =chat which is what I typed in the search box.
  2. hl : language =en which is my browser preferred language
  3. c : Result category =apps meaning I selected "Android Apps"

The other parameters are more useful here. Try changing them in the address bar and the page will refresh with the different selections:

  1. price : price filter =0
    • 0 = All prices
    • 1 = Free
    • 2 = Paid
    • Any other positive (without "+") or negative integer is the same as 0
  2. rating : rating filter =0
    • 0 = All ratings
    • 1 = Ratings 4 stars or more
    • Any other positive (without "+") or negative integer is the same as 0

So it's obvious to any html coder that all they have to do to satisfy your need is to add more options in the Price or Ratings dropdown and use parameters like the price ones instead of "on" or "off" like the ratings parameter. And they could add other dropdowns like "Ad supported" (or not) or "New" (with choices of how long the app has been out) or "Recently Updated" (with choice of age) or "Recently Downloaded" (allowing us to filter out apps which haven't seen the light of day for a while) etc. For the existing ones, they could change it with something like these examples:

  • Prices: 0= All, 1= Free, 2=
  • Ratings: 0= All, 1= 5 stars 2= 4+ stars, 3= 2+ stars etc and introduce specifics like 6= 4 stars (exactly 4 stars), 7= 3 stars... and ending with your own favorite: 9= 1 star and the one no-one mentioned which applies to all newly released apps: 10= "0 stars yet" :D

My point? The devs CAN. It doesn't need much work on the code. It doesn't produce a particularly noticeable extra load on the server or page serving time. And I am sure they will IF enough users like you ask them to enough times. Where can we do that? Interesting question! Sorry - can't find it. I'll come back and post if I do!

There is a little more information about ratings etc in the various Android developer help and advice pages, but it doesn't really touch on this specifically.


Is there an alternative? Yes. Other Android App sites! Here's a link I selected at random from a search 16 Android App Store Alternatives for those who hate Google Play. Just an example. I'm not advocating it - I haven't read it all yet because I've been having far too much fun trying to find a workaround to answer the question with a "Yes" until Google Devs get their act together! Unfortunately, I failed, but thanks for asking because it was worth trying :)

And if you really, really wanted to know all this, thanks for reading down to the bottom. You've earned a Lollipop because you already ate your KitKat! ;)

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I find it quite annoying that there is no easy way to sort the reviews of an Android app

It is because Such ordering would've been useless to separate the cream from the crop. With this logic, The best rated app is the app that is rated 5-star by one person. As you may agree, sorting on rating alone is insufficient.

Consider this situation: A developer could simply ask his friend to rate his crap app 5-stars. As long as nobody else rates it, that would turn out on top of the "best list".

Just to offer you an alternative, there is site called AppBrain which has it's own mechanism of sorting the applications, based on rating system (From 0..100 points/score). Again, here too you may have to scroll across many pages for lower scoring app (1-star ratings).

Obviously, AppBrain and other similar places wants to show up and bring forward quality apps for users to search and install. Hence, their filter to search the app always takes into consideration the criteria such as "Top Rated" or "All-time popular" etc.

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    I don't follow your logic. I see an app with 5000 "yeah shiny!!!!" reviews and, say, 50 one star reviews. I am very much interested in what those 50 people had to say. Maybe they are disgruntled idiots, but maybe the app has a serious flaw the majority of raters did not or could not see. I have had that exact thing happen (huge security neglect) on an app with hundred thousands of positive reviews yesterday. If I had been able to see what the 1500 one star ratings had to say, I might have been warned. I added my own rating with a warning, which noone will get to read. – Someone May 10 '15 at 15:29
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    I totally disagree: I am not saying that all 5 star ratings are crap, and the 2 or 1 star ratings are well-thought criticism, but at least I want to be able to quickly find out what 1-star-raters are experiencing, and why they are rating low, and then make up my own mind. I actually do that when I order things from Amazon: most have at least a 4 star rating, because a lot of customers are easy to satisfy. But I also read the negative ratings, and decide for myself if the criticized points concern me or not. As a customer, I still want to have the opportunity to find these ratings too. – Erik May 11 '15 at 4:21
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    You're missing the OP's point. They're not sorting apps based on review scores, they want to see the low-scoring reviews for a particular app. This is impractical in Google Play because you can only sort reviews in descending order; and only one or two reviews are shown at a time. – RCross Aug 29 '17 at 11:45

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