Google+ integration with Play Store user reviews is now live

We heard that this was coming so it shouldn’t be a shocker that it’s officially live. Starting today, in order to post a user review in the Google Play Store, you will have to sign into your Google+ profile. You can look at this as both good and bad. The good is that now people just can’t post any comment without being known, which is going to be great for developers. Each review will have the person’s full name as well as the profile picture if they have one. On the the flip side, this is just another area in which Google is trying to jam Google+ down everyone’s throats. If you’re wondering about older reviews, they will simply say “A Google User.” So what do you guys think? Better or worse? I am leaning towards better. I am already on Google+ anyway so it’s not a big deal for me, plus (no pun intended) it gives more credibility to the reviews.


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Nudo

    I think it’s a good move. This will cut down on spam advertisements, and a few shoddy reviews.

  • Anonymous

    I guess no App will get a review from me ever again…

  • Anonymous

    Good thing I don’t have an android… I have been thinking about getting one, but the iOS ecosystem is what keeps me from going droid, and now, even if I did have a droid, I wouldn’t review apps anymore. Don’t want reviews linked to WHO I AM. Negative reviews will also go down because of this. Crappy app? Want privacy? Forget about it! Be prepared for bashing on users who leave negative reviews.

  • GraveUypo

    worse without a shadow of doubt.
    not only for users, but also for developers. watch feedback rates drop by 90% in the next weeks.

  • Alex

    I don’t have a Google+ profile as i don’t have a Facebook profile. And I’m certainly not going to register when one of the two big players wants me to. This should be my choice and I will keep it that way so no more comments for me. (sorry to all the developers who need Play Store feedback and constantly request it, but this is how Google wants it)

  • Ano

    I hate this and I won’t give any reviews anymore!

  • Anon

    I unfortunately posted a review before I knew about this, so that review is my first and Last review in the Google Play store. I don’t want my name and picture all over the web if I did I would have a Facebook account.

  • SomeDude

    Last time I ever review an App. Fairly stupid that the App developers names and pics arent plastered on the site but you should be for trying to inform others. The ratings already allowed for content quality management-this is just google trying to find another way to peddle the failing G+