Google Play was recently updated with a feature that I think a lot of people are really going to like. Usually, when I’m browsing for new apps I tend to check out the ones that have reviews and ratings from my friends and family. In the past, Google used to identify these apps under a section that just said “Familiar Faces,” but it didn’t have its own dedicated area.
Now, Google Play has an entire section dedicated to what your friends and family have downloaded. So if Aunt Josie loves her game of Threes, you’ll be able to see it there. Or if cousin Jose recently purchased and likes the latest Stephen King novel, you might be able to find that, too.
For me, this feature is going to be really useful for discovering new content, especially if it’s just smaller apps that are really great, but aren’t at the top of the featured, most popular paid or most popular free lists. Also, it lets me know what games my friends are playing so that I can compete with them directly on the leaderboards.
Google Play is already one of the best app stores around, and it’s largely because of these features that cater to users in a more efficient way than any other app store. Phandroid first spotted the changes and said that it’s rolling out to devices now — let us know if you see it pop up on your device, or if you spot anything else new in the update.