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This article was published on March 28, 2013

Google revamps Chrome Web Store search UI for easier filtering

Google revamps Chrome Web Store search UI for easier filtering Image by: AFP
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Google has released an updated search interface for its Chrome Web Store that now tabulates filter options at the top of the page.

Filter choices are: All, Apps, Extensions and Themes. Under the All section, users can also click on section headings to jump to a single category search.

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Google has gradually been improving the search function on its Chrome store. Last July, it added social recommendations from Google+, allowing users to see which apps members of their circles have +1’d. A major revamp to the store is in the works that will reportedly include multi-platform support for apps and extensions.

Today’s update isn’t particularly ground-breaking, but it should make searching for specific types of results quicker. As the store’s offerings continue to grow at a rapid clip, that’s a welcome improvement.

The Chrome Web Store has come a long way since it first launched in late 2010,. Developer uptake on the platform took a bit of time, but Google now boasts thousands of free apps on the platform. That’s a solid start, but it will need to keep investing in the store if it hopes to build momentum for its Chromebook platform.

Thumbnail image credit: AFP / Getty Images

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