Apple Begins Testing Related Search Suggestions Feature on App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As first spotted by TIME Planner developer Olga Osadcha on Twitter (via MacStories), Apple has begun testing a related search suggestions feature for some users in the App Store.

    The new menu appears to overlay itself on top of an existing search query, giving users search suggestions in similar categories - for instance, searching for "calendar" gives related suggestions for "calendar planner" and "daily planner", while a search for "sports games" displays suggestions to "action games" and "RPG games".

    The suggestions box also appears to extend to some searches for specific terms, as searching for "twitter" will result in suggestions for "news apps" and the like. Suggested searches can also lead to more sub-suggested keywords, which can be made up of general phrases and specific company and product names.

    The results appear in a similar fashion to queries in Chomp, which was an app search startup acquired by Apple in 2012. It is therefore likely that Apple could be using some of the suggestion technology utilized in Chomp, as Apple's reported reason for acquiring the search engine was to improve the App Store search and app discovery. Apple added the single-tile styled result to the App Store in 2012, which was also based off of Chomp's layout.

    Currently, Apple's new App Store search suggestions are not appearing for all users, however that is likely to change as the feature undergoes more testing. It is also possible that the new search suggestions will not require a full update for iOS, as Apple is expected to roll out the new feature on top of the App Store's existing interface.

    Article Link: Apple Begins Testing Related Search Suggestions Feature on App Store
  2. macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    That's cool. Like Play stores similar apps feature?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2012
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    This is a cool thing indeed. Suggestions in this matter is a good thing, especially considering the amount of apps where you can get lost when searching for some helpful app.
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  5. macrumors member

    May 31, 2013
    Apple has to do a lot more to improve the App Store App Discovery..
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2007
    This makes me realize just how crappy the App Store is. Even more shocking is that we haven't had this for the past 3 years.

    The App Store has to be one of the worst designed products Apple has ever offered.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    New Zealand
    I think it definitely went a step backward when they changed it so that you can only see one result per page for an app. I see no benefit at all.
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2013
    London, UK
    Sounds a great idea

    It sounds like a really great idea and didn't realise it was missing being honest. It will be good because if you don't know the name of the app then you will be able to type what sort of app it is and get a result. :apple:
  9. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012

    They can start by removing the repetitive "top grossing apps" and adding back "new apps" for all categories not just games.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    Really? Worse than .mac, pippin, Newton, g4 cube, hockey puck mouse, mobile me, ping, iTunes, OSX 1.0, and iWeb?
  11. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    Well luckly they have more then one person I do it. I think apple should work on app discovery. There is over a million apps for me to download I can imagine I'm missing out on some if would really like.
  12. AngerDanger, Mar 25, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
  14. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    This looks like a company with no expertise in search related queries overhauling their search related queries.
  15. numlock, Mar 25, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014

    macrumors 65832

    Mar 13, 2006
    its certainly up there.

    i know the poster didnt say that but most of what you mention wasnt the only method of doing the task in question. with app store its only this pathetic search and interface which is a serious downgrade on the previous implementation.

    btw was the pippin a bad product?
  16. macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    I love the comments calling the App store crappy, and one of Apple's worst products. Yeah, that must be why only Apple still uses one these days. Who would copy such a terrible product?
  17. macrumors regular

    May 16, 2010
    Saw it this morning and at first I thought it was an error in the app... :p Could be pretty useful. Maybe.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    This is actually great innovation to the overall App Store experience and nobody should be devaluing these ongoing efforts that will keep Apple on top of the world.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Hi Tim.
  20. macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2009
    The benefit is, you get to see what the App does (with a snapshot of the App) before even having to tap on it.

    The old way was just App icon and App name. If you didn't know what the App did based on that, you'd have to tap on the App page, wait for the description and content to load, and if you didn't like it, tap back, and sometimes lose your place in your search. Very inefficient.

    I think the new way is better than the old way. It's not fantastic by any means, but it's still better.

    People are just crying about change because it's not what they're used to.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Bubba, that's not Tim. After a thorough investigation it has been determined that poster is not human. It's a bot, stocked with random saccharine quotes that are intermittently dispersed over MR boards. Don't believe me, check the message history. I got a cavity just reading through it.:D

    On topic: With the number of apps in the app store, this can only help navigate the store better. As more apps are added, the help will only become more apparent. This is definitely a "better late than never" scenario.
  22. macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    I wonder if a big paying app developer can get more recommendations......?
  23. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    They need to prune apps which don't sell and put them into A B C categories

    Google would still discover them , say if they would be highly specialized.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2014
    The funny thing is that almost all of those happened under Steve Jobs. I suppose we're just lucky that the hockey puck mouse wasn't bad enough to hurt iMac sales, or who knows what would have happened to Apple.
  25. macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2003
    London / Stockholm / Under your bed
    And maybe put this in the already existing "Related" section of an app that does not show related items but only other apps by the same developer.


    Hey, there was no iPod without iTunes, and the G4 Cube was freaking awesome!

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