App Catalog search overhauled, now provides more relevant results
Searching in the App Catalog has been an exercise in frustration for some time now. As more apps were be added to the feeds, the less-than-optimal search algorithm returned progressive less-than-optimal results. That has changed now (webOS 1.4.5 update not required), with app titles containing your search term ranked at the top, followed by apps with that word in the description. Additionally, if you drill into 'What's New' before performing your search, search results filter by most recently updated.
Most exciting for those looking for the best apps (and that's all of us, really), Palm has tweaked the algorithm for listing 'Hottest Apps.' The star rating system no longer runs of a pure average, meaning an app with a single five-star rating will not appear at the top of the list anymore. In fact, the ratings appear to be weighted based on the number of reviews, such that some 4-½ star apps are ranked higher than other 5-star apps. All-in-all, welcome changes that will make finding apps significantly easier as the App Catalog continues to grow.
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