4.5 Star Say Nothing: Google Test One Form More Compact Show Us Ratings in Google Play

It is likely to sound to the scene. Open Google Play and shows you a lot of recommended applications. Topas you with one that could be of interest to you, and touching it so see how many stars have. Wait, we rebobinemos. The stars of the applications on the home screen are. Why do we enter?

Basically because within the current 5-star schema, the vast majority of applications that we look at and download are around 4-4.5 stars. From the outside, all of them appear with the same drawing of four stars and a half. And this is precisely what tries to tackle Google with a small test on Google Play.

5 star, a scheme that falls short

5-star allows us to rate an application of 1 to 5, without an option to zero as possible. Translated to a more usual note or ‘ school’, which goes from zero to ten, the equivalence would be as follows.


1 0
2 2.5
3 5
4 7.5
5 10

The problem comes when usually the keys that we use to evaluate applications are almost exclusively five-star, mode button to ‘like’. Personally, I use the of 5 when an application is good enough, even if it is not extremely (gives me for thinking that otherwise would be to criminalize it). Four stars when some important features missing, and a star when it includes any abusive feature or wants to ‘expose’ something, as when they are a true time expenditure even install them.

The rest rarely use them. And gives me the feeling that this situation (or a similar, clear) is rather widespread. And so is Google Play. A large number of applications that deserve a look are in this fork around the 4.5 star. In general, under this approach, those four stars and a half include note too, as we can see in the example above.

In the case of Twidere and heel, we see that two applications have their corresponding graphic drawn 4.5 stars. What happens if we do the translation to your note of 0 to 10? Twidere takes a 7.75, and heel a 9.0. And the same goes with applications reaching 4.8 (9.5 in the traditional range). This means that There is little differentiation among the applications that are relatively well valued, and that border on excellence.

Google knows this, and now testing a new way of showing us the score of applications. That allows us to, at a glance and without entering the application screen, see which are slightly better valued than the rest.

This can be either a small change that is gradually reaching users, or one of those small tests AB that much like Google.

No doubt somewhat less elegant than the initial approach, but much more practical. Or at least for those who walk by clicking on each application to see if it really is worth keep throwing them out or not. With which you you stay?