Apple Store’s search engine has come under scrutiny recently for favoring Apple’s company created apps in its results. Scrutiny by regulators in Europe and the United States forced Apple to change its search algorithm in July.
The New York Times had analyzed the search results for six years and found that Apple’s own apps ranked first with at least 700 search terms used in the store. According to the newspaper, the analysis since 2013 included a ranking of more than 1,800 specific apps for 13 keywords. The Wall Street Journal confirmed The Times reporting with its review that found similar results; Apple’s own apps often took priority.
Before changes to the algorithm, when one searched for common terms such as “music” or “podcast,” Apple Music or Apple podcasts would come up and you’d see unrelated Apple apps, forcing Apple’s competitors down the lists. This is a natural result of the company’s tight control of the process. iPhone apps can only be installed from Apple’s Store and Apple’s software competes with many of the independent developers in the store.
Newspapers get involved when governments get involved. This issue is the subject of a civil lawsuit in the US and the US Department of Justice is considering an Apple investigation. The Dutch are looking into it as well. Apple told The Times that it has made changes to help users better find the apps they are looking for. After the changes, it appears that fewer of Apple’s own apps appear at the top of search results.
As we hit the dog days of summer, let’s take a look at some of the top new Android Apps for August as you try to stay cool.
Google Chrome users, this one is right up your alley. The Crono app makes organizing your notifications easy by replicating your phone notifications on your browser. You can choose which notifications you want and they will be stored in the Google Chrome plug-in for Crono.
2. Gallery Go
A Google-based app that is a photo and video gallery. It also allows you to store GIFs and memes while it organizes your media in a visually friendly way and into folders.
3. Glitch Lab
If you like editing photos, this app is for you. It allows you to bring more life to your favorite images by editing with hundreds of different features.
Staying hydrated in the summer is a key to good health and there may be no better way to remember to stay hydrated than by using the this app. Kwench calculates your body’s water intake based on key features such as weight, height, gender and more. When you need to drink more, it tells you. Pretty cool right?
5. Face Pause
The feature is in the name. When you are watching a video on your phone and you turn away, Face Pause pauses your video until you look back. It operates in the background of apps like YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Video by using the front facing camera to determine whether or not you are looking.