Verizon is hoping to add some value for its customers by helping them rate the value of the apps they run on their smartphones. Rather than rating apps based on things like graphics or usability for a certain task, Verizon is looking at qualities that may affect the overall ownership experience. Major areas that are assessed include battery drain and data usage along with some other factors. Verizon makes a couple lists available, one that assesses top Google Play apps and another that highlights apps they find especially worrisome.
In looking at the most popular apps, in terms of downloads during the preceding 30 day period, Verizon ranks each app on security, battery consumption and data usage. The apps are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 represented by circles with more circles being better. If an app has a lower number of circles, users can click through to see details of the app on each of the three factors.
Verizon maintains a separate list of apps that they think may be particularly negative on the ownership experience. Some of the factors that could result in an app making this list include things like heavy battery usage, or excessively high data consumption, privacy or security issues, or apps that cause a loss of other functions when in use. All of the apps that made this list have one thing in common – they prevent smartphones from going into sleep mode, resulting in fast battery drains. A couple of the apps continue to use data even when idle which could result in unexpected data usage levels, particularly important for those users not on an unlimited data plan.
Even if you are not a Verizon customer, you may find the lists useful in assessing apps and whether you really want to install and use them. Hit the source links to see the full lists.