September 15, 2014

Five things we'd still like to see in Google Play

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One of the newest features for the Google Play store (v 3.9.16) is the ability to add apps and games to a Wishlist.  As of right now the option only seems to operate as a place for you to tag items that you’d like to maybe purchase down the road.  While Google could have some great stuff coming down the road for us, it’s a seemingly useless feature today.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few things we’d like to see come to the Wishlist and Google Play.  Some of these are pretty simple and straightforward and probably will happen some day.  On the other hand, some of these might just be pipe dreams.Five things we’d still like to see in Google Play:

  • Gifting of apps for other users
  • Buy Google Play credit for other users
  • Push notifications for apps on the wishlist
  • Wishlist sharing for others
  • Promo codes

Gifting of apps for other users – One of the things we’ve been asking for as bloggers is the ability to gift apps to other users.  Whether by email, code, or by direct link, we have been pining for a way to send apps and games to others.  Not only could we use this to help share stuff with readers, but developers would have a much better way of providing review APKs or apps with users, reviewers, and bloggers.

Buy Google Play credit for other users – Sure, we love that we can buy gift cards in stores and online but it’s just for personal use right now.  What we’d really like to see is the option to purchase a $10 credit (or whatever amount) for others.  The easiest way we can figure is to have a spot for us to enter a user’s email address and a button to push for “gift”.  Presto.  We pay for the card, they get the credit.

Push notifications for apps on the wishlist – What good is having a wishlist if we’re asked to manually go back every once in a while to check things out?  We want to have the Google Play app to notify us whenever a developer drops the price of a title.  Or, let’s say that Google shaves things down to a $.25 for some promotion.  Google Play should push out a notice to us that “an item on your wishlist is on sale!” or something similar.

Wishlist sharing for others – This one is nice and easy and just makes a lot of sense.  We want to be able to share our wishlist with others.  Maybe it’s a nicely organized email that gets sent out, maybe it’s just an option inside of Google Play.  Whatever it is, we want to be able to see what others want.  This way, we can gift apps (See #1) to others.

Promo codes – Seriously?  We’re still waiting for an option to enter in some form of code to get an app for free or at a discounted price?  Developers should have long ago been given the ability to create a “half off” code or limited -time promotional code that users can enter to save a few cents or bucks.  Another option here is to create something that only allows for X number of downloads at a discount.  This would create a sense of urgency among users who would fight to get a new or existing app before the price goes back up.

What else?

What would you like to see out of Google Play?  Is there something that we’ve missed that would make for an even greater experience?  Please, leave your comments below and share with us!