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Chrome Web Store Can Now Show What Apps Are Popular in Your Country

web store tileAs we reported on last month, Google has started to show ‘Available for Android’ links on select web apps and browser extensions listed in the Chrome Web Store.

Shortly after hitting publish on our article about it in May, Google removed both the Android links and accompanying search filters from the store — pesky!

Good news though as this weekend saw both items quietly reintroduced plus a couple of other subtle changes that should make finding new apps a bit easier.

Android Filter

First up, the ‘Available on Android’ filter is once again available . It can be selecting from the sidebar filters when performing a search or by selecting the ‘For Android’ item in the drop-down menu at the top of the results grid.

android menu item

Android filer accessible from the menu

When viewing search results for apps, add-ons or themes with a linked Android app — the precise mechanism for which is, as of writing, unknown — a small Android icon and link to ‘get’ the app sits next to the publisher’s name:

get it on android link

Get It: Quick links to Play Store listings

Cliicking the ‘Get It’ link will open the application page on the Google Play Store in a new browser tab.

Popular in your country

In addition to making it easier to find apps with native Android equivalents, Google is also letting you see which Chrome Apps your fellow countrymen and women are installing.

Under the ‘Apps’ heading just click on the ‘Popular in {country}‘ item to see a gridded overview based on the national app-etite. (Sorry).

popular in uk chrome store

See what’s popular in your area

Quirk?

Last month saw Google trade in the ‘tick’ motif on the banners that appear over apps you have installed for descriptive text.

In this latest bout of changes those banners sport a slightly different appearance. In what I’m assuming is a bug, the top-most part of the banner now escapes over the top of its respective row…

new installed banners

Banner escape:  Intentional or accidental?