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Use this secret trick to find thousands of great Android apps recommended by Google

Zach Epstein
May 7th, 2015 at 11:10 AM
Best Android Apps

With more than 1.4 million available apps in Apple’s iOS App Store, it can be difficult to find the best of the bunch. Things are even more difficult in the Google Play store for Android, because Google doesn’t have the same standards or approval processes that help Apple weed out a fair amount of the junk that would otherwise overrun its App Store.

Thanks to a few tricks recently uncovered by a blogger at the XDA Developers forum, finding the cream of the Android crop just got much easier.

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Every Android user out there will recall the groups of recommended apps on display at any given time in the Play store. Beyond the standard section in the store, these collections offer users access to curated groups of apps recommended by Google, suggesting that they offer a quality experience that is up to Google’s standards.

But the collections on display at any given time represent just a small sampling of all the apps Google has recommended.

Using some crafty Google searching and a little bit of guesswork, XDA will teach you how to create custom Google searches that will return lists of recommended Android apps. Believe it or not, there are actually more than 25,000 different apps that Google has recommended on a wide range of lists, so the possibilities are effectively endless considering all the different search parameters you can tweak.

In a nutshell, the trick allows you to modify two different searches — site: and site: inurl:apps — to return Google’s lists of apps. There are tons of different ways to tweak the URLs, and you’ll find all the details by following the link below in the source section.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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