By now you’ve probably noticed that there is a big boom in comments on the iPhone app Store on topics such as apps, games and music.
And it’s not just the Apple team who has been doing this.
For the first time ever, Google is also allowing students to comment on apps for the first and only time, with the company providing a free preview of the comments on its new app, Material Culture.
The app, which is available on iOS, will let students “review and rate apps from their favorite creators”, and students can share their own comments and share them with their friends.
In a post on the Google Play Store, the Material Culture team said that “the app will also feature a new ‘material culture’ panel” which will let users “share their own ideas on how to improve the experience”.
Here are some of the reactions on the App Store page from students.
“I just like how people can make their own videos with their headphones,” one user commented.
“You can also submit your own remixes, videos, artworks, etc, and we’ll feature them as well.
What a way to inspire your students!”
Another user commented, “My friend and I are both grad students and have been using this app to learn about our own work and we really appreciate the opportunity to share it with other students.”
The app is currently available on the Apple App Store for $4.99, with no in-app purchases.
In its introduction, the team noted that Material Culture is “a new way for students to interact with their favorite content creators, artists, and teachers, as well as get to know their communities”.
It added that “material culture is a community-driven learning experience”, and that the app was built using “a set of technologies and best practices”.
And, in case you’ve forgotten, “teacher built” is a phrase that Google has been using to describe its Material app since 2013.
“We’re excited to be able to offer a more inclusive, curated and easy-to-use platform that can help students understand how their own work influences others,” the team wrote.
And while there’s no word on how many comments the app will allow students to make, it’s a great sign that the team has been listening to students’ feedback.
“Our goal is to be more inclusive and accessible to students through this app,” the company wrote.
“The comments feature will allow users to express themselves in a way that makes sense to them, and it will allow us to better understand what makes our app more useful and valuable for students.”