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Chrome Web Store Adds ‘Available for Android’ Search Filter

Promotion of mobile versions of popular web apps go live

Google may say that it intends to keep Android and Chrome OS separate, but that doesn’t mean they can’t buddy up.

The search giant has, for the second time in as many weeks, refined the search functions offered in the Chrome Web Store, this time making it easier to find apps that also offer Android versions.

Adding to features introduced earlier this month, users can now narrow down results based on whether they are also ‘Available on Android’. This adds to existing criteria, including: “By Google”, “Works Offline” and “Free”.

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Android filter and app banners

Select results are badged with an ‘available for Android’ banner and link to the equivalent app from the Google Play Store.

It’s not entirely clear precisely what this feature is intended to do (other than being helpful). But with Android activations ever-rising, it may help provide a degree of familiarity and trust in store listings, something that recent adware scares may have undermined. 

Will Play Store listings receive reciprocal links to the Chrome Store? Unlikely, at least for now.

What do you think of the new feature? Will you find it useful? Tell us in the comments, below.

Update May 26: Google removed the filter shortly after this article was published.
Update June 4: Google has re-enabled the filters.