Title

AppFinder

Lead Author Major

Computer Science

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Michael Doherty

Faculty Mentor Department

Computer Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

As of February 2016, the Google Play Store has more than two million apps available. Despite this, the only method for searching is by category of applications. There is no way to search for apps by criteria such as “most downloaded” or “highest rated”, nor is it possible to search for apps alphabetically or by their size. It is also nearly impossible to filter results. For example, one cannot remove apps with in-app purchases or only show apps that meet a certain content rating. Having such search features would be useful for anyone who is looking for an app, but is only interested in apps that meet certain requirements. AppFinder is an Android application that allows a user to look for a certain type of app on the Google Play Store, then sort and filter the results by criteria chosen by the user. Specifically, a user can sort app results by number of downloads, number of ratings, average rating, application size, or alphabetically. The filter option removes apps with certain criteria from the results. A user can request to see only apps with or without in-app purchases, apps that meet a certain content rating (for example, a teen rating), or apps belonging to a certain category of games (such as racing, cooking, or card game). The user interface for AppFinder was designed to be simple and intuitive to users who have experience with similar searching tools. A user query consists of a topic of interest, and selection and sorting criteria. The selection and sorting criteria are chosen from familiar drop-down lists. The result will display information about each application that matches the user’s criteria, along with a link that redirects to its Google Play Store page.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

7-5-2020 2:30 PM

End Date

7-5-2020 4:00 PM

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AppFinder

School of Engineering & Computer Science

As of February 2016, the Google Play Store has more than two million apps available. Despite this, the only method for searching is by category of applications. There is no way to search for apps by criteria such as “most downloaded” or “highest rated”, nor is it possible to search for apps alphabetically or by their size. It is also nearly impossible to filter results. For example, one cannot remove apps with in-app purchases or only show apps that meet a certain content rating. Having such search features would be useful for anyone who is looking for an app, but is only interested in apps that meet certain requirements. AppFinder is an Android application that allows a user to look for a certain type of app on the Google Play Store, then sort and filter the results by criteria chosen by the user. Specifically, a user can sort app results by number of downloads, number of ratings, average rating, application size, or alphabetically. The filter option removes apps with certain criteria from the results. A user can request to see only apps with or without in-app purchases, apps that meet a certain content rating (for example, a teen rating), or apps belonging to a certain category of games (such as racing, cooking, or card game). The user interface for AppFinder was designed to be simple and intuitive to users who have experience with similar searching tools. A user query consists of a topic of interest, and selection and sorting criteria. The selection and sorting criteria are chosen from familiar drop-down lists. The result will display information about each application that matches the user’s criteria, along with a link that redirects to its Google Play Store page.