Chrome Web Store Categories System Overhauled to Improve Discoverability for Apps

Google Chrome Web Store's app category system received a couple of changes to improve discoverability for apps. "The new structure of the store will improve discoverability for apps," posted Google.Adding, "For example, users searching for a photo album app can now easily drill down to the "Photos" subcategory level and track down the app they […]

Chrome Web Store Category System OverhauledGoogle Chrome Web Store's app category system received a couple of changes to improve discoverability for apps. "The new structure of the store will improve discoverability for apps," posted Google.

Adding, "For example, users searching for a photo album app can now easily drill down to the "Photos" subcategory level and track down the app they are looking for. At the same time, apps assigned to a subcategory show up in the category page as well giving them wider exposure; an app in "Photos" will appear on both the "Photos" page and the "Entertainment" page," explains Google.

With the new category structure, Google "will now show your app only in the primary category that you select for your app in the developer dashboard - as opposed to earlier where you could list your app into two categories," informs Google Chrome team.

Google also updated the list of top level app categories and created multiple sub categories in each of them.

Given the growing use of Chrome and Chromebooks in large and small businesses, the team has now created a new category called "Business Tools" to help enterprise focused developers target these users.

Also, "Shopping" has been reclassified as a subcategory, within the "Lifestyle" category.

The categories will continue to evolve over time. To that effect, in the Developer Dashboard you will see a few more subcategory options than the ones that are live in the Chrome Web Store today.

Adding, "We plan to expose these subcategories to users once we confirm we've enough interesting apps in each one of them. In the meantime, items assigned to these subcategories will show up at a related subcategory. For example all items on "Online Documents & File Storage" will show up for now in "Office Tools"," mentions Google.