Google launches Trusted Store and AdWord seller ratings in Australia, as the first Android apps are released for Chromebook

Google launches Trusted Store and AdWord seller ratings in Australia, as the first Android apps are released for Chromebook

Google has announced two major changes for Australian online retailers and advertisers, as the first Android apps are released for Chromebooks and other devices running Chrome OS.

In a post on its official Australian blog, Google said that after a period of beta testing, it is rolling out a program called Google Trusted Stores to Australian online retailers.

The program asks “verified customers who opt in” to take a survey about the online retailers they shop at, and allows participating businesses to display a “Trusted Store” badge.

Google said the badge will demonstrate a “business is highly rated by [its] customers, offers reliable shipping, and delivers great customer service”, with the tech giant offering free purchasing protection for consumers on orders of up to $1000.

The customer feedback, in turn, will contribute to a company’s “seller rating”, which in turn will be used to help determine how high its ads appear on a search page. A rating above 3.5 stars out of five will also be displayed on a company’s ads.

The change comes as Google rolls out the first four Android apps to work on Chrome OS devices, as part of a change first announced at its Google I/O conference.

Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words and Vine are the first four apps to be released through the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) program.

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