App reviews on the Play Store will soon require your Google+ login

As some of you may have noticed, the Play Store received an update over the weekend. While there may not be many changes on the surface, this usually means that they’re getting ready to roll out a new service embedded within the store itself. Sure enough, the folks over at Android Police have uncovered an interesting change. Although not effective immediately, the Store will soon require you to log into your Google+ account before submitting an app review. This will then of course be published for the world to see with your Google+ name and picture. What happens if you don’t have an account? You will either have to choose not to submit a review or you can create an account at that time.

Another interesting tidbit that was uncovered is the ability for pre-orders. While it’s a little perplexing why you need pre-orders regarding digital content, this feature will presumably be used in their ‘Devices’ section. We all know they could sure use this new feature to at least get an idea of consumer interest in products. I’m personally not a huge fan of having to log into any external account to proceed with what I was doing in the first place. Nor am I a fan of pre-ordering. But given the debacle that was the Nexus 4 launch, it may be necessary going forward. However, we may need to pre-order the pre-order itself if last Tuesday was any indication of things to come.

source:  Android Police 

About the Author: Sean Stewart

Born in Tennessee yet raised in Florida, Sean is an analyst now living back in Tennessee. His love for gadgets and electronics began in the early 90’s when he received a Sony Walkman for Christmas. At the time, he felt the cassette tape playing, Mega-Bass wielding, three-band equalizer piece of electronics was as good as it'll ever get. There was also the original Nintendo which consumed countless hours of his youth, followed by every follow-up version, a Sega Genesis, PlayStations, and Xboxes. He was a little late to the smartphone party however, not being exposed to one until running a jail-broken, 2nd Gen iPhone on T-Mobile’s network. His phone of choice now is the Galaxy Nexus. He spends most of his free time with his wife and two daughters.

  • jason h

    Hate this…I don’t want a Google+ account work so no more reviews for me. In fact I’m getting sick of logging into stuff online…

    • travismayes

      Google Plus is awesome I love it

    • GraveUypo

      i agree. in fact i’m starting to not like google as a company so much anymore. i’ll be happy to see any strong competition to google services from now on.

  • Mystery Man

    Cool but I don’t like how you can’t just have it display your first name like they keep spamming me to change my youtube account to google+ but its gonna display my full name

  • ungoogle

    too bad, no moar reviews from me.

  • RTWright

    Hmmmm, Paranoid much? Are all of you hiding something? My guess would be yes. I’m already on Google+, I’ve done a lot of reviews across the net. I’ve yet to get a visit from men in black suits and never will. As for logging into everything, I do mine from my device, so I’m automatically logged in to them. All I see here is a bunch of crying for no apparent reason other than you’re a small minority of people that just can’t stand to be known.

    Now given that, the one thing most of you probably have overlooked? Google and the rest of the world because of Google, already KNOW who you are. Anything and everything you do online is tracked. Everything! I don’t care how you set up your system, how you set your preferences, you’re being tracked. Google is one of the biggest ones doing this. They knew everything about you before you ever made an account. ;p

    Top it off, they DO own Android. So if you’re using an Android Device? Guess what! They KNOW you as well as anyone else on the net. Get over it or stop using Android is your options. But just remember, if Google isn’t doing it, someone else is. If you think Apple, Microsoft and others don’t do this? Think again!

    • Nudo

      In fact, you can download all your Google information and delete your account as a whole. I don’t know any other company that allows that.