Until now, when a user posted a review of an application in the Play Store, the review would appear with just a first name from your Gmail account. As of today, the next time you wish to post a review of an application on the Play Store, the review that you post will be directly linked to your Google+ Profile and will show your profile picture and name.
So what can you do if you don’t have a Google+ Profile?
Unfortunately from now on, users will not have the ability to post reviews unless they have a Google+ Profile
What will happen to the reviews that i have posted previously?
The Reviews that you have posted prior to this change will still be there, although where your review would be posted using your first name, every review until now has had the name on the review changed to “A Google User”.
Overall we see both benefits and drawbacks from this change.
- The ability to communicate easily between the developer and the user
- Real names encourage less antisocial behaviour
- No more anonymous reviews
- Older reviews have no relationship with a user
- Google+ is now required to post a reviews
What do you think of this change? Does it make you more or less likely to review an app, or trust the reviews that have been posted? Let us know in the comments!