Android App Search
August 25, 2013 10:17 AM   Subscribe

Android App Search Question: I'm looking for a specific type of Android app (a music player which has a large "time elapsed" display). I'm new to the world of apps, and am completely confused as to how to sort the apps in the Play Store and even begin to narrow down the options. It looks like the only search criteria are "Free" or "Paid" - either way, I get like a bajillion returns. Am I missing something? How do folks either (a) narrow down your searches, or (b) navigate the overwhelming choice?
posted by forallmankind to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't know, when I put in "music player large time elapsed display" into the Google Play search bar, I got ONE app, "Music Player for Pad/Phone. I have no idea if it is any good.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:55 AM on August 25, 2013

Honestly, I go on the internet and search for 'best android app for ...', then go to google play and type in the name of the best one. Once you find approximately what you're looking for, it shows related apps at the bottom so you can browse through the relevant ones.

I'm a bit of a luddite though.
posted by valoius at 11:02 AM on August 25, 2013 [6 favorites]

I wouldn't describe myself as a luddite... but I pretty much do what valoius does. You can narrow down the apps by category, but beyond that it's just free vs paid - no useful sorting or anything. The play store interface just sucks like that.
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 11:52 AM on August 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yeah - Google it. The Play store itself is basically useless in terms of discoverability. It is helpful to read reviews there, however.
posted by brennen at 12:31 PM on August 25, 2013

I found to be a good resource for best of apps. Top Five and Top app are regular features vor a wide range of topics
posted by nostrada at 3:36 PM on August 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

In addition to the Googling and the "related apps" at the bottom of each app that valoius suggests, sometimes I just have to download 2-4 of the free apps and try them out. Often the paid apps also have a free version, which is either a limited-time trial or ad-supported. Once I've figured out which one of those I like, I'll buy the paid version, if there is one, and delete the others.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:46 AM on August 26, 2013

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