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Commenting in Google Play may soon require a Google+ account

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Commenting in Google Play may soon require a Google+ account
In general, user comments in the Google Play store are pretty useful. By reading the first few, one can quickly find out whether a certain app is worth downloading. All that one needs to do prior to writing a comment is to have the app in question installed on their Android device.

However, the nature of comments is bound to change soon, judging by what the guys at Android Police discovered while dissecting the latest Play Store APK. Turns out that a Google+ account may soon be required in order to comment in the Play store. Here is a string of text they found while digging through the code:

"From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. Your name on previous reviews will appear as "A Google User.""

The name of the string is "reviews_google_plus_required", which is further evidence that Google+ accounts will be mandatory for those who wish to comment. Users who don't have one yet will be given the option to sign up.

Next up we have pre-orders, which are likely to become a part of the Google Play experience soon. However, information about the feature is scarce at this time as the code does not reveal what users will be given the chance to pre-order. Perhaps Google will allow us to pay for Nexus devices in advance straight from the Play store application.

So yeah, that's what the future holds for the Play store app, if the evidence presented here is to go by. Rest assured that we'll inform you as soon as Google enables any of the aforementioned features.  

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posted on 20 Nov 2012, 08:52 5

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2061; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Booo!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 12:35

20. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 819; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


eww... I like providing feedback to developers, but I hate sharing my personal information with everyone.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 08:54 3

2. cybervlad81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


I think the writing on the wall has been there, it has seemed since the release of G+ that Google wants to make G+ the center of the Google experience, this just seems to be one more step toward that.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 09:21 1

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Um, one shot two birds.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 09:36 4

4. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think forcing Google+ onto users will be beneficial. They've yet to realize that they can not compete with Facebook or Twitter in the social network game. I think this is a pretty bad move for Google to make. People hate it when they force change onto its users.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 11:31 6

9. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


like how apple forced maps onto its users?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:32

11. Kjayhawk (Posts: 273; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I see where your coming from, but to be honest i have been hoping for Google to shove G+ down the consumers throat.

My idea originally was one step further than what google has done, when you start up your phone after purchasing it the intro screen will have you create a G+ account. This is where I still see google going.

Why not force people to use G+ it has some great features and the best UI of any social app (Personal Belief). G+ needs work no doubt, but if google wanted to get serious about G+ then this is a step in the right direction.

As of now google isn't forcing its users to do anything it doesn't take a sign in to G+ to download apps. only thing that will change is less s**tty reviews.

Last but not least, people might hate these small changes but they will be fine and I doubt this will really bother too many users. I forgot how i created a G+ account doesn't it just take the information from your Gmail and create the account credentials?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 09:55 2

5. mas11 (Posts: 1016; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


No! Bad Google! Forcing people to use your social network will annoy many of your users.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 10:29 2

6. JunitoNH (Posts: 758; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yeah you guys are correct. I don't Facebook or tweet, and don't appreciate being force to use a social network. If anything gives us the option to use discuss or another email provider.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 11:11 1

7. medicci37 (Posts: 552; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


There is more freedom of choice on Google than other major os's. But seems like thats slowly changing. All the problems with the play store, & this is what they focus on ? Do no evil my ass.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 11:29

8. medicci37 (Posts: 552; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Play store finally added option 2 remove apps that have already been uninstalled from device from installed apps list. But every time i scroll down my apps list & delete app from list. It takes me back 2 the beginning of the list. Would take several hours 2 get all the junk apps i uninstalled off the list. Option 2 automatically remove uninstalled apps would solve problem. But Google won't allow that. Stuck with Android since 2010. Under the premise that they would eventually get their os together. & put out the best os they could. But starting 2 tired of waiting.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:51 1

10. bander (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


you don't need to delete 1 app at a time, you can choose multiple apps and delete them all together. to do that just press & hold on an app and you'll be able to collect as many as you want of the unwanted apps and then delete them.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:37 2

12. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


I'm not a fan of this move by Google.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:57

13. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I might make a Google+ account but that doesn't mean I'm going to use it, I don't need to get addicted to anything else. Just got rid of my FB account. lol

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:59

14. doejon (Posts: 311; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


oh man thats s**t!

first google blocked on JB the feature to move apps to the external microsdcard
and now this one!!

we want out liberty back google!

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 15:18

15. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Even though I have a Google+ account, I don't use it, as most of my friends are still using Facebook and Twitter. Honestly, Google+ has some great ideas, but it just can't really compete with Facebook and Twitter at this time. Orkut was a bust, except in Brazil, and while quite a few people have a G+, that doesn't mean that they're using it. Honestly, if your friends aren't on G+, what incentive do you have to use it?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:41

16. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol...google's way to populate its boring social networking site.... but for me, i use google+ for its hangout! since facebook chat or skype calls, you need to pay extra! :(

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:49

17. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Facebook video chat, which uses Skype, is free of charge.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:20

18. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah...but not group chat! which i use to to comunicate with my freinds in different places at once!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 11:27

19. naguz (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


My given name already shows up in reviews instead of the nickname connected to my Google Account, with no warning what so ever - that is totally unacceptable!

Also, forcing uses to post under their full name will likely drastically reduce the quality of the comments. The percentage of people concerned with online privacy is notably lower in the kind of people who usually posts whack-job reviews in unintelligible English. Newspapers going from other (semi)anonymous comment systems to force users to use Facebook see a drastically declined comment quality. The whack jobs, downright dumb people and fake trolling accounts post the most comments. The users who debate under their full name and isn't in the other three groups, tend to become frustrated and give up. At leas that's the state in my country.

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