Do you want to make sure that app you’re about to download is worth the time and money? Or are you looking for a developer who consistently produces high quality apps? Check out the Quality App Directory – “an online Directory of mobile applications that have met a certain quality standard” – recently launched by the App Quality Alliance (AQuA).
AQuA is a non-profit group whose members include AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony Mobile. Over the past few years, the group has put out app quality guidelines and provided “testing programs” designed to help developers meet high quality levels. Recently, AQuA took the next logical step and compiled the apps that passed those quality tests into one central directory.
The Quality App Directory is divided into two categories: Quick Apps Search and Quick Developer Search. Developers must be searched for by name, but apps can be searched for by name or keyword and further refined by device, developer and by specifying whether the app was self verified, house test verified, AQuA Member verified or Trusted Developer verified. When you click on a result, you’ll get information about the app and a snapshot of what devices the AQuA testing was done on.
The directory is still pretty new and needs a bit of building up. As of right now, it only includes Android apps, but AQuA plans to expand to other platforms in the future. And of the top 10 most common mobile app search terms in Google Play, only two returned directory results. It’s also missing the top developers. But if the directory catches on with consumers, big name developers are sure to follow.
The directory FAQs will give you some good insight into how and why the directory came into existence, how developers can get their apps into the directory, what each verified term means and how AQuA plans to keep the directory pristine.
What do you think of a directory dedicated to high quality apps? Does it have a place in the market, or is that what app ratings and reviews are for? Leave your thoughts in the comments.