The Google Play Store is notorious for making it difficult to find apps optimized for non-phone devices – you often had to guess and hope for the best. Now, however, that just involves a few taps. Google says it recently added Play Store homepages to its Android app with recommendations for Android Automotive, Android TV, and Wear OS apps. Visit “other devices” and you can find health tracker for your Galaxy Watch 5or a video service for your Chromecast.
New search filters also limit results to those that support non-telephone hardware. If you find something you like, you can install it remotely from your handset. Google also noted that it had previously overhauled the Play Store website to improve navigation and features like remote installs.
The move follows efforts to accommodate tablet users and could be useful if you can’t (or just don’t want to) search for apps on the device you’ll be using them on. It’s especially useful for Wear OS users who might have to navigate apps on a small screen. You might find more apps for your devices and (as Google no doubt hopes) increase your chances of sticking with the Android ecosystem.
Timing is also hard to ignore. Google officially launches the Pixel Watch at his event in New York October 6and has just reorganized the Chromecast 1080p. Improved app discovery could help sell these products to customers wondering if their favorite app is available. You probably won’t mind if you prefer third-party gear — it could boost Android overall.