Back on November 8th, Google released a new app for U.S. Android users, Google Opinion Rewards. Rewards (as I shall refer to it from this point) is an app that allows users to fill out surveys for the glory of gaining free Google Play Store credit. Credit that can be used towards the purchase of any paid app in the Play Store. According to Google’s description of the app, users will receive surveys once week to fill out. It also appears that surveys will cover a range of different categories, all assumingly pertinent to the content found within the Play Store.
The surveys are easy to read, contain a very clean, and simplistic look that follows suit of most Google apps. When you first start using the app, you get a typical introduction to the app. This introduction is a bit of a slide show where you tap on the arrows pointing left or right to navigate through them. This introduction is about 4 slides long, and not much to read at all…as the surveys are rather simple. Once that is complete, you will see a landing that tells you if you have any surveys at the top, and your current credit balance below that. In the “card” that shows your balance, there is a big blue “Shop” button. You can click that, even if you have no credit, and it will take you directly to the Google Play Store.
As you take the surveys, you can see a progress bar at the top of the screen that helps you see how far into the survey you are. You can not go back on the survey to change any information, so make sure you select what you really want. Some questions are trick questions, even. Questions that could read out like, “If you have two apples, and you want to share with three friends, Type in 42.” Makes no sense, but the last sentence of the question is what Google wants, just to ensure you are actually reading the questions.
Surveys seem to take a while to roll out. I waited for my first one for over a month. When I finally got it, it was a whopping $1.00 credit. Those seem to be a bit rare, and usually consist of a few questions. The majority of surveys seem to be single questions averaging 25 cents each. However, once the surveys start coming at you, you get them weekly, as promised in the app description. It doesn’t sound like a big “reward”, but it does add up pretty quickly.
When you make a purchase in the Play Store, you will get the usual payment options. However, this time you will see the Play Store Credits in the drop down. Once the purchase is made, the credits are used. I would love to tell you about refunds regarding credits, but I haven’t attempted to purchase anything, and refund it, yet. I haven’t found anything I want to purchase…yet.