People and +1 Sections Might be Leaving the Play Store App

The Play Store has, since it evolved out of the old Android Market years ago, become a big part of Google's online operations. Not least because it's where the vast majority of Android apps can be found, but because it offers all manner of content, such as books, movies, TV shows and of course games. With so much content available, it's no wonder that Google tried to make some of it more accessible, and more relevant to you. To do this, Google introduced both the +1 and "People" sections to the Play Store. They're both pretty self-explanatory and many of you will be familiar with them. Sadly for those that are, it appears as though they might be about to take their final bow and leave the Play Store altogether.

According to a number of reports from users, the People and +1 sections have been disappearing on their devices. On an up-to-date Galaxy S7 Edge we have here, both of these sections ares till alive and well. The possibility that these are simply bugs users are reporting is of course a very real one, but given that Google+ has yet to achieve the same sort of status that Facebook or Twitter has, it doesn't seem wise to support the service int he Play Store. After all, people are often more likely to listen to recommendations from users they trust, and for a lot of people that's either Facebook or Twitter, not Google+. For the most part, these recommendations from the People section delivered some pretty out there results, and given the breadth and depth of apps in the Play Store, it's not as simple as recommending a highly-rated app to your friends. One of your Google+ friends might be into icon packs for instance, but they're not really "apps" in the common understanding of the word.

Whether or not these sections will be making their departure from the Play Store Android app is unclear right now, but with Android Nougat looming over the Horizon, it wouldn't surprise us if Google had plans to shake up the Play Store a little bit later this year.

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Tom Dawson

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For years now I've had a heavy interest in technology, growing up with 8-bit computers and gaming consoles has fed into an addiction to everything that beeps. Android saved me from the boredom of iOS years ago and I love watching the platform grow. As an avid reader and writer nothing pleases me more than to write about the exciting world of Android, Google and mobile technology as a whole.