Amazon’s new star rating system is so confusing it might hinder my impulse shopping

Amazon is testing a new way for star ratings of products to appear in search results – and it kind of sucks. The supposed new system appears to make hunting for good quality products more difficult than normal. 

The new system was spotted by Android Police in the layout for Amazon India on mobile, as well as on the Amazon Germany website and on the global site when accessed from within Germany. 

With the new star ratings, when you search for a product on Amazon the rating layout is now changed. It will show an average star rating, with a single star icon, and in brackets next to that star will be the percentage of reviews are were five stars. It sounds a bit complicated even just explaining it to you here, but the screenshot down below should help. 


(Image credit: Android Police)

So, in the screenshot from Android Police above you’ll notice that instead of the usual five stars that are colored in according to average rating, alongside the number of reviews, with the new layout you only get one star icon with an average and percentage. 


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