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Windows Phone 8.1 Store now reveals your phone make and model in reviews

Here’s one feature we knew was coming for Windows Phone 8.1, but wasn’t quite ready a few weeks ago: device enumeration in reviews.

Yup, numerous reports have come in confirming that under app and game reviews, individual posts will not only show the user’s name (if registered) but their exact Windows Phone make and model used for the review. That’s important for context when reading a analysis by someone. For instance, if customer rates a game’s performance as “excellent with smooth graphics” it makes a difference if they’re on a Lumia 520 versus a Lumia 1520. Not only that, if an app developer sees negative reviews only from HTC 8X users, they may very well conclude there is something going on with their app that needs fixing.

Some other information included in the Store includes the date of the review and the version number of the app or game for that review. Once again, this helps give context to the app evaluation for others to see. If a person rated an app 2 stars (out of 5) for version 1.2 but version 2.0 is out, then you may want to dismiss that assessment (and give it the old ‘not helpful’ vote, which is also new in 8.1).

Although Windows Phone 8.1 has some divisive issues like Cortana availability, the Store so far has been nearly universally praised. These refinements to reviews helps make the Store more useful and powerful, so we’re glad to see the improvements.

Thanks, Omar A., Pranjai R., and Priyam T., for the tips!



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tkdmacgeek says:

Copying google play store!

milkybuet says:

So what! Does that make it any less great of an addition?

bawajose says:

So google hasn't copied anything from MS??

Google has copied Windows Phone as well so what's your point?

mike13ftw says:

What google copied from windows phone ? It doesn't matter but I would like to know

Android 4.0
•Swiping between menus instead of tapping them is Metro
•action bar is copied from wp7 (especially making it common between apps, is exactly what Metro is)
•photo album UI looks exactly like WP7 gallery
•contact groups is from WP7
•people app is direct copy of wp7 people's hub
•folder creation method (dragging two icons together to make a folder) is from iOS
•Lock screen to camera is from WP7/iOS (which iOS copied from WP7)
•switching reply method between email/sms/call in contact card is WP7 (Actually, webOS did that 1st -ed.)

SA3DX says:

I actually found someone who realized that Android copied us. (you saw Android TV? That thing looks like the modern UI of Windows 8)

Android TV ... exactly same UI on xBox.

SA3DX says:

I don't have an Xbox but I believe you. Anyway Microsoft has been the first to implement the flat UI. After that everyone has been opting for the flat UI. Microsoft are pioneers as always... yet people say they suck. IDK why.

BlackGoku says:

BAM!Right in the face dude!And they say we copied notification bar from Android!

Sting921 says:

Lol they got win 8 launcher = copy.

ruddevil says:

If it doesn't matter to you why ask here? Just use Google and work on it. Lazy troll.

Aashish13 says:

Yeah we have the patent we make the rules

rysliv says:

I really don't think it matters if a platform "copies" another. Had they not, they wouldn't have the features they have today, nor would they be as good. So, I don't really see any point to call out on a platform for borrowing certain concepts.

jibreezy1982 says:

Agree!! As soon as someone mentions google or apple, people on here start throwing tantrums..

I wasn't throwing any tantrums. Someone asked me a question and I complied by finding an old wpcentral article. I was being quite lazy and copied & paste some of the similarities.
A lot us have pride and will defend this oS to the bitter end but I don't think this was one of those situations.

jibreezy1982 says:

My bad, that comment wasn't for you.. The comment for which it was for seems to be deleted..

paragoneer says:

This x 920 ad infinitum

wtrmlnjuc says:

I don't mind being inspired by a concept, but it really mimics Google Play right now.

Or is it .... The other way round?! Google's Play Store started to look more like Windows Phone Store than "Official Windows Phone Store".

Mainak Pal says:

I need phone model specific review filter for wp.

KMF79 says:

What do you mean "copied"? These additions are purely logical. Anyone who cares about reading reviews knows this information is necessary to understand the context of each review. This change is a requirement that's been sorely missing. Google doesn't own this idea. The "Play Store" wasn't the first place this type of information showed up either. Use your brain dude!

K Raghu says:

and they copied from symbian ??? owned by Nokia.. now by MSFT.. ??

Luiz Eduardo says:

This is not copying. It's a nice, useful addition that shouldn't be left out just because someone else had it first. Grow up, dude...

msxbox says:

Attention to detail excellent news, shows they care a lot about getting things right for the OS...

greedypnguin says:

Honestly, the store is horrible now. The UI and layout sucks so bad

neo158 says:

It isn't, it's actually much clearer than it was. It's also better without the toy style 52pt header at the top!!!

S Vaibhav says:

Should add developers response in the reviews too.... Is it coming up next?

That is 100% a new feature, so if it's not there yet (I hear it's not) then it will be coming. Responses won't be public, only to the reviewer, but Microsoft may change that later as they feel out what devs want.

peones says:

If I understood correctly, they already started to enable review replies to a closed number of selected developers, to test it out a little bit and get feedbacks, and later they will gradually turn it on for eveyone. So yes I think you're right, they could still evaluate how to manage things like public or private visibility for replies and so on.

I'm desperately waiting for this feature...

Daniel please help me.. I can't rate apps and games though I have registered with Microsoft account. I'm facing this problem about an year. Don't know what to do...! Everybody rate apps, games only i can't....feeling very sad

Open windows phone store website FROM PC and login with your live id and try reviewing an app via pc(it can be done there once you are logged in and visit an app page via pc)

Also open your live id settings via browser and see if basic information like name and dob are filled...( id created while registering for phone leaves these blank)

Lastly regularly sync your live id by going to settings-accounts--- tap and hold on it---sync

This should do it...if it still doesn't work...try resetting...but it shouldn't reach that far

Thanks priyam.....

Ok first let me rate you

neonspark says:

ha ha. are you serious? responses won't be public?. I can't believe the smart guys a MSFT don't get it. Anybody with an app has been trolled by the typical:

"your app doesn't do XYZ, therefore it sucks"

when in fact your app does do it, but the person never bothered to look. Any developer would like to set the record straight once, so that any readers will not have to wonder why the assertion went unchallenged.

seriously what da hell is wrong at redmond. It is like the live in a bio-dome totally isolated from real world problems.

MikeSo says:

I would love that. In addition to providing information, it would also show which developers actually care enough to respond...

I like this change too.

Kumar Gaurav says:

I don't see"the version number of the app or game for that review".

EDIT: now i see it but only for some reviews, not all

MikeSo says:

See the amazon app reviews, for example. It doesn't show for all reviews, for some reason. 

Seems to be rolling out...

PBLNS says:

Maybe just for reviews made in a wp not in the explorer in a pc/tablet

Maybe it only shows for reviews that were submitted on a phone with wp8.1 installed

KustomAU says:

Nice little new feature. Just had a quick browse though the store and seeing a lot of 920's and 520's

exkerZ says:

Now that's even better

Alpha Tauri says:

That's really useful!

Mathematicsb says:

I'm not a meme making person but if I were... 520s, 520s everywhere

neo158 says:

Suddenly 520s .... thousands of them!!!

Pranjal Rai says:

Daniel, its Pranjal not Pranjai. Okay?

Posted via Windows Phone Central App

Hear him roar ^.^

Well, most of the negative "reviews" on the Philippine Store are due to the fact that "it wasn't free"...

venetasoft says:

In Italy too....

neo158 says:

You can mark reviews as useful or not so that might be something to try.

TK2011 says:

Looks like they also added ability to sort the reviews. Cool.

TechAbstract says:

Sort reviews has been there since 8.1 developer preview released. That's why the article doesn't mention it as new feature.

phatboy66 says:

This is really nice!

ajit920 says:

Good one.. Wish they could change sorted by 'most helpful' to 'most recent' by default(when we open up the review for the first time).. Recent comments helps to find out how an app working after the recent update.

MikeSo says:

On WP that's usually not an issue anyway, since most apps haven't been updated in years...
I looked through reviews for several apps right now, and it's amazing how many apps that seem to have severe issues that just haven't been updated at all. Kind of depressing.

SA3DX says:

Also its kind of awkward that these people pay the yearly fee to put their app in the store yet they don't make it good. What's wrong with you developers?!

arg0g says:

Nice addition. What I miss is the ability to choose one or more languages of the reviews. There should be an option for selecting multiple languages and one for having everything else automatically translated to a language of your choice.

spartegus says:

Whein is the general release date for cyan update ?
Please mail me to

MikeSo says:

Nobody will mail you to answer that. What is wrong with you?

wpgeek820 says:

Lol. Some people :D

Jf.Vigor says:

Some Nigerian prince, email him 9000 rubies quick!

For you guys wondering why Microsoft supports China it's because of the phones they use read the Chinese reviews they all got high end phones.

sanjayt_17 says:

This might me off topic but, why aren't there any game categories in the store? It's very difficult to find a game of a particular genre.

Its actually there..tap Top Free Games from quick link...swipe left twice and you will find GENERE

Hope i helped u :)

ajit920 says:

New Store is not user friendly.. previous version was far better..

sanjayt_17 says:

Thank you so much! I got it..

1MiNo2 says:

I really dont like users who give bad reviews and ratings in the store and have crappy Lumias 520 and 620. 

When I try the app everything runs smoothly (Lumia 925 and 1520).

I dont like low-end users, they expect they will get everything as the high-end but dont want to pay for almost anything. (for device nor  apps)  LOL

Pranjal Rai says:

That is just blowing your own trumpet. Try to think about others too. Not everyone has the means to get a high end lumia, like the 925, 1520 etc. That is the main reason why phones like 520 are more popular. Also, people who just switched to the platform tend to buy lower end devices just to get a feel of it. Not to mention students(like me) and the non working class.

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Manoj Daran says:

"Crappy Lumias"... Just remember, you may afford to buy all High End lumias. WP market purely depends on Low End phones like L520 and L620!! Dont you see the market share. Imagine if MS pulled the support for Low end models, WP 'd be dead in a year... Every App has its merits and demerits, that varies with phones. NEVER disgrace a LUMIA...

Arka1412 says:

For those crappy lumias WP has got some market share..So nobody cares what you think about them..If those crappy lumias were not there,right now you would be sucking your fingers with Microsoft..  

venetasoft says:

Pranjai if a user cannot buy his L1520, he should simply shut up! Posting 1 star saying "put it free" will cause the exact contrary !!
Personally I set an App Paid only to avoid stupid people 1 star comments.

That's fine and all... I myself used a 520 for a couple of months... The problem is, those users hijack the app reviews with one-star ratings due to the app not being free... That's completely out of bounds... It's simply like users with an iOS device who wants to Jailbreak the device just so they could install bootlegged apps... Or Android users who're just in the platform since they could install bootlegged apps at will...  With the price of the device, apps shouldn't be a problem... Yes, free apps won't hurt but we shouldn't expect everything to be free... Even with the low-end Lumia devices... They may be the most affordable devices but, compared to the prices of apps, it shouldn't be an issue...

Lumio says:

If you interpret the chart, you will know the answer.

It's the low-end lumias which captured the market share of Nokia again. Not the high-end lumias. So, hold your horses. As Pranjal pointed, not everyone can own flagship products. 

DJCBS says:

The 620, "crappy"? Mate, you never used the 620, clearly. That is the best damn low end phone ever made. If it had 1GB of RAM I would consider it high end. Think twice before being silly.

Sure, it's stupid when people expect things to run on a 520 as they would on a 930, but to say the 620 is crappy is just silly.

colinkiama says:

I'm a 620 user and I actually buy my apps. I've bought fruit ninja, sonic cd, mirrors edge, asphalt 7, wpcentral app, nextgen reader, mangablaze and many others. I agree that some 520/620 users say make it free but you don't have to say all of them do.

Do the Fruit Ninja graphics look stretched out on the 620? Because on the 822, they do look stretched.

Friends please help...i can't rate apps games though I have registered with Microsoft account...don't know what to do?? I'm facing this problem about 12 months. Please help me friends...i hope you will help me...

DJCBS says:

We can't help you, but contact Microsoft. Windows Phone support should be able to help you. Reach to them either through the website or through Twitter.

Thanks for your advice

Lumio says:

This feature is great for developers. With the Device and ratings, they can optimise their product for more. 

WOW this is awesome. Hope developers will take advantage of this feature to provide timely fixes and improvements

This seems slow.... 

Here always appeared in 8.1. '~'

lum5 says:

Good one now eagerly waiting for wp8.1...hands crossed...

1101x10 says:

This is not so much use for devs as it only shows in the store for your region. The developer reports already show the phones for reviews but it only displays the manufacturer name such as RM-821_eu_euro1_276 which is confusing as you have to look it up. Hope they can improve these too, 

neo158 says:

Not for me, it says the actual device name.

nitsuk says:

Great idea, always wanted to know why certain people are saying something doesn't work and now we can build a pattern also the fact that we can confirm who's review is useful is brill.

Luigi Lop says:

i support your opinion


nitsuk says:

Thank you Luigi, it would have been good to have Like buttons here :-)

They need to implement Disqus discussion plugin as many have requested to get this section improved.

Jf.Vigor says:

No, we have the "+[yourphonemodel]" system in place here lol

neo158 says:

Exactly, it'll help developers to find out what phone models are having issues with the apps they develop.

ShahdHamdan says:

Still waiting for the Cyan update, humph!

Nihalnova says:

.. Why am I unable to find asphalt 8 on windows phone 8.1 store on my Lumia 525... Very annoying.. It has 1 GB RAM and I can't find asphalt 8

type Asphalt 8 windows phone in Internet Explorer address bar....tap on the first result from windows phone store and you will be redirected to asphalt 8 in store

Or just tap here

This is a good move by MS. Will help developers in identifying the problem more effeciently.

Awesome! This will definitely come in handy!

yuvii007 says:

Still not showing downloading bar and speed, it is needed so badly. Sometime when downloading big game on slow connection this can be useful

TechFreak1 says:

All downloads made in the store do show the download bar. Though I admit a percentage indicator maybe helpful for some.

bitfarm says:

Nice. But WhatsApp :(

Check your store or please try contacting Whatsapp...

Now this is a Feature thats worth speaking about. Glad to see this being added to the WP store. This clears any doubts regarding the functionality of an app on a particular phone according to models.


Great Improvment Thanks Microsoft! Thank Windows Phone 8.1

Veyron2 says:

nice to see this feature! :)

but i would like to see if or how this feature will be enabled for windows 8 in the "universal windows store" alias treshold :P

thettk says:

I wish people would update their apps to the latest version before rating that way they don't leave negative reviews on issues that have been fixed already. Hopefully when 8.1 is rolled out to the masses this won't be a big issue since apps will update automatically.

This is nice. Upon reading this, I immediately thought of browsing the store for any reviews from users who pirated the app. Apps that mostly require 1GB but then it has reviews from a user with 520 or other 512MB devies, they're really obvious to spot as the store wouldn't really let 1GB apps to be installed on devices with 512MB. Microsoft should let developers to have the ability to remotely uninstall their apps (ala Twitter beta) from devices that do not meet requirements (which are most likely pirated anyway)

kellaz says:

I know this is out of topic, but it's kinda related, anybody with Lumia 1520, that the store did not notify updates? Ever since 8.1 came out, my store doesn't notify me updates anymore... Had to do it manually... I am still on WP8.

ajit920 says:

I see two loading bars right after i click on download, it disappears once the downloading starts..

'loading..'.. on top of the screen and 'downloading....' in the middle of the screen.. donno why MS love those dots so much

D4X says:

Another good tweak to the Store =]    Hope they figure out a way for reviews of apps to show up in other regions if they are written in English.. Would speed up discovery of applications a lot.


xankazo says:

That's really cool and very useful. I hope something like this lands on the Windows store, which is seriously lacking even after the latest refresh.

I've been waiting on this for some time. Thank you Microsoft.

Nice little improvement

TechFreak1 says:

This addition is really helpful as this way we can identify users that are using the same phones as us and find out what they are experiencing before downloading an app / game. I have been marking 1* reviews asking for games / apps to be free as unhelpful when I come across them. The reviews probably stems from the fact that these users don't have credit / debit cards and carrier billing is not available in their area which has nothing to do with the app / game thus unhelpful.

DarkKrystof says:

That's a nice feature

AV2RY says:

Wooow I thought WhatsApp had the worst rating in the store. Viber isn't doing well either. Just opened first app to see the phone identification))

mrshots says:

Yay bragging rights.

Whatsapp is old news, download TelegramMessenger, lol. Also I've only heard bad things about viber from everyone m, not specific to Windows phone. Maybe that's why they both have low ratings.

It will make so easy whether to install app or not by the help of this update

AskaLangly says:

#Twitter. Thought I told Dan this.