Google Play store now requires Google+ to post reviews

Google has changed the way app reviews are implemented on its Play Store, and now users will require a Google+ account to post reviews.  When leaving a review, the user’s real name and data will also be attached to the post.  This means that reviews could come across as being a lot more helpful and accurate.

It should be noted that Google isn't really pulling all the stops when considering which of its applications will have Google+ implementation. We think it’s a smart move for people to use their Google+ accounts to do various things, as integrating Google+ to its services does mean more users will be using that social network, and with Android being a Google platform, the company can only hope that this leads to the majority of the Android user base to start using its Google Plus-integrated applications.

Google+ integration for the Play Store is live, so feel free to check it out.

Via: The Verge
Source: Droid Life | Image credits: Droid Life

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It's about time. Hopefully this will prevent some of the garbage reviews from appearing on the Play Store. Obviously there's going to be fake accounts and the odd person who still posts garbage but hopefully it cleans it up for the most part. All for it.

Yeah great, solve a small problem at the expense of what's really much more important. PRIVACY. If you're one of those people that don't understand why this is so important, then please, just ignore this and go back to thinking about yourself.

chago12 said,
and it's crap like this why i deleted my google+ account
Me too, just a few weeks ago actually when I went to post a review on google maps (like I used to), and suddenly it told me that now I needed to link my posts to my G+ account. Umm no thanks? I want my reviews of my old apartment building and landlord to remain anonymous thank you very much!!

Same as above, I didn't really post reviews to being with but now I am more put off.
Still looking seriously at transferring to Nokia 920 with Windows Phone 8.

Well, then I won't post comments and reviews. Same reason why I don't post comments on some other sites, because they require Facebook accounts.

Maybe Google is following Microsoft.

Win 8 turned Windows inside-out, the Start Menu became the main and Desktop the sub.
Perhaps Google is pushing G+ to a higher stage?

Using the identity element of G+ to eliminate other identity elements like those in Youtube comments and Play Store reviews.
Somewhat simplifying their ID system to one thats governed by G+.

This actually makes sense... I mean, if you don't have a Google+ account why are you posting on Google Play - you need an account to use it anyway (I think)

It's a good move but there are of course issues that must be dealt with (like real names)

Tpiom said,
This actually makes sense... I mean, if you don't have a Google+ account why are you posting on Google Play - you need an account to use it anyway (I think)

It's a good move but there are of course issues that must be dealt with (like real names)

You can post/download/purchase on Google Play with your Google account, you don't need a Google+ account. Google is forcing people to sign up for Google+ to use Google Play.

Tpiom said,
This actually makes sense... I mean, if you don't have a Google+ account why are you posting on Google Play - you need an account to use it anyway (I think)

sigh

neonspark said,
a sign of desperation from the latest failure in google's social network game.

Or next stage in Internet evolution: Web 3.0 - everything and everywhere with your full name and second name. Thanks to Google and Facebook. Dont even try to disobey.

insanelyapple said,

Or next stage in Internet evolution: Web 3.0 - everything and everywhere with your full name and second name. Thanks to Google and Facebook. Dont even try to disobey.

Google and Facebook - two companies that I have absolutely no use for.

insanelyapple said,

Or next stage in Internet evolution: Web 3.0 - everything and everywhere with your full name and second name. Thanks to Google and Facebook. Dont even try to disobey.

Does the Microsoft Account go by real name too?
It defaults to my real name when I sign in to Win 8.

iron2000 said,

Does the Microsoft Account go by real name too?
It defaults to my real name when I sign in to Win 8.

Yes, since Windows Live Essentials 2011 AFAIR, you are forced to use name and second name instead of nickname/pseudonym.

insanelyapple said,

Or next stage in Internet evolution: Web 3.0 - everything and everywhere with your full name and second name. Thanks to Google and Facebook. Dont even try to disobey.

Whats wrong with your first and last name. I use my real full name on all websites. I don't care who knows it.

I've grown increasingly annoyed with Google+ being FORCED on me. M$, Apple and now Google, it's getting to be as bad as elections, nothing but bad choices and what you really want isn't even an option.

I hope the backlash is somehow enough to reverse this trend. Soon you'll need A Google+ to do ANYTHING.

Lord Method Man said,
Really glad I don't use Android/Google Play.

The amount of button clicks required to post this response could have enabled a Google+ account.

A social network required to post app reviews? No thanks.

Also, how would this stop one from creating a fake Google+ account? Seems like this is only a ploy to get more people in Google+.

Thats how i think too.

Maybe soon they will 'integrate' G+ to more G services, forcing people to have a G+ account.
How about they 'integrate' it to Youtube next?

iron2000 said,
Thats how i think too.

Maybe soon they will 'integrate' G+ to more G services, forcing people to have a G+ account.
How about they 'integrate' it to Youtube next?


They've already forced youtube users to have a google account, not G+ but still a google account. I got around it by telling them my email was some random characters at some random made up domain and whenever I log in to youtube I have to go through 'verify your email!' 'give us your mobile number' nag screens and then re-add all google domains to the cookie blacklist!

using the play store already requires you to have a gmail account. to enable google+ on top of that is just a simple click away.
I dont think this will draw more people into g+ itself, but it may however make reviews more helpful as people will be posting them under their real names.

nvllsvm said,
A social network required to post app reviews? No thanks.

Also, how would this stop one from creating a fake Google+ account? Seems like this is only a ploy to get more people in Google+.

Its same case like with Chrome installer included in almost every software today... And then, they are trying to convince whole world with usage statistics - "Oh hey, look how popular Google Chrome is! We are trully amazing! Whole world is using our browser!".

nvllsvm said,
Seems like this is only a ploy to get more people in Google+.

yep, google still DESPERATELY trying to convince itself it is relevant in social networks. Best thing I even did was cancel my G+ account when google started automatically linking all my other products to its inferior interface and intrusive "in your face" promotion of something I had no interest in.