Play Store website gets Roboto font, and all developers can now respond to individual reviews

The Google Play Store has received some changes that users and developers alike will surely appreciate. For starters, the Play Store website is now doused with the Roboto font Google introduced in Android 4.0. It’s not a huge change, but the result is a subtle, elegant look that our eyes are quite attracted to. Most¬†people shouldn’t have any issues seeing this on modern web browsers so head to the Play Store and check it out for yourself.

On a more functional note, Google has rolled out the ability to respond to user reviews to all developers. The feature was only available to top developers previously, but this “beta” of sorts has ended and all developers can now offer a much deeper level of support.

Developers have been wishing for this feature ever since Android’s existence. No longer will developers have to break down and cry when a user leaves a 1-star review for a feature they don’t know how to use or an unusual bug that is encountered — they can respond directly and not have to worry about whether or not a user knows how to use the report submitting and developer email functions properly. Developers can find the features in their developer console, so give it a try and start responding to some of those pesky 1-star voters.

 

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  • toomuchgame441

    I’ll visit it just to see the developers response, should be quite entertaining when they respond back to one-star voters.

    • camelsnot

      as it should be. Just like on newegg, devs should be proactive and take the initiative to respond to comments as necessary. It makes both parties a bit more accountable. The real questions are, will devs even notice the change and will they care. I know for a fact some just put something up and let it languish either because of lack of skills or a lack of caring for their android “port” compared to their perceived cash cow on iOS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/joshdobbs Josh Dobbs

    I just checked my dev console and I don’t seem to have the ability to reply to comments yet. I have been waiting years for this!

  • Chris R

    I don’t seem to have the ability to to reply to comments in the Dev Console, new or old design.

    • http://profiles.google.com/joshdobbs Josh Dobbs

      I don’t either. Quentyn can you elaborate on how to reply to comments? I checked the android dev blog and I don’t see anything about this.

    • http://www.krupa.me.uk/ Gerard Krupa

      Nor me

  • No_Nickname90

    Thank you!! No more will I see “I can’t open the theme”. I’m sorry, but people don’t read the descriptions in it gets annoying seeing that. And now I can see why one person has an issue while I don’t, even though I have the same phone. I can learn a few things that I’m missing.

    • Michael Lee

      I’ve had people give one star and write “I didn’t have enough space and I want a refund” before.

      • Endoverend

        My personal favorite is still “failed to install”. On highly rated apps, most (but not all) of the 1-stars are from people who simply didn’t read the directions or had malfunctioning devices.

        I still just wish Google would make a point that you contact the developer when you give out a 1- or 2-star review.

        (And replying to reviews isn’t working for me either.)

        • butelo

          I can’t reply either. Nor in play store or in developers console.

    • OptimusL

      My personal favourite is the people with lower-end phones complaining that the app is lagging.

  • Michael Lee

    FINALLY! Now I can respond to clueless users! :D

    • http://profiles.google.com/joshdobbs Josh Dobbs

      Are you able to reply to comments? I still cannot.

      • Michael Lee

        Yeah, I was unable to either. I guess they pulled it again.

        I just got excited and wrote that without actually testing it.

  • maximillion82

    Nice thank you Google

  • mirage03

    I don’t like that you need to have a Google+ account to make a review on the play store.. You already have your Gmail account to purchase on the store, but you can’t make a review with it? What next ? You can’t use android and Google services without Google fiber? You can’t use maps without using a Google car? then what ? You can’t use android and Google services and products if you don’t live in Google planet.? Nowadays it’s either your team Google, team apple or team Microsoft.. I think this is gonna get worse… This is deprivation

    • Michael Lee

      Slippery slope. I doubt it’ll ever be that bad.

  • Casey Jones

    Wish they would have a batch mode to update apps instead of all or one by one.

  • Alu Zeros

    Cool, great move

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    That’s all good and all, but I’ve seen everyone around me stop writing reviews now. Thanks G+ ruining everything.

  • zhengshuang