Google Play is changing its rating system


Google Play rating system for their Apps is soon to be overhauled in order to prioritize recent reviews first. They’ve announced the new approach on May 9th, as they seem to have been thinking about this for quite a while. The overhauled App rating system for Google Play store was announced at Googles I/O 2019 conference and Google has expressed its desires to significantly increase the impact its rating system has.

Apple made a similar change two years ago, but unlike them, Google plans on integrating several mechanics, one of which is resetting the ratings with the latest game update. It is logical to assume that the ratings if at all to be trusted, must address the latest version of the game.

Google Play Console’s Engineering Director, Milena Nikolic, has announced the details of the upcoming changes during the second day at the I/O 2019 conference. She said: “You told us you wanted a rating based on what your app is today, not what it was years ago, and we agree.” The current Google Play rating system naturally shows a cumulative score from the point of the App’s release up until the present moment.

Google promises that these changes in the rating system will improve user experience and also benefit the developers, as all their efforts to better their Apps with various fixes and patches will now have a bigger impact and therefore be more desirable. This new rating system on Google Play is, however, not expected to take effect until August 2019.