Google Play Books Update Removes PDF Uploads
Posted December 20, 2013 at 12:00 am by Will Verduzco
You may remember that about a week ago, Google issued a major update to its Google Play Books app. In addition to bettering the note taking UI and increasing app performance, the 3.1.17 update also brought one long overdue and highly requested feature: PDF and EPUB uploads.
Now, a new update to the Google Play Books app is rolling out, and unfortunately, it removes PDF to cloud uploads (for the time being). Curiously, though, EPUB uploads are still possible directly from your device. When the folks over at AndroidPolice did a teardown, they found that the following line of code was removed in the transition from 3.1.17 to 3.1.23:
<data android:host=”*” android:mimeType=”*/*” android:pathPattern=”.*\.pdf” android:scheme=”file”/>
Now for those keeping track, it’s important to remember that while the previous app allowed for PDF (and EPUB) uploads to the cloud, it never allowed for local PDFs and EPUBs to be viewed directly. As such, users can still view PDFs indirectly, as long as they upload the PDFs from the web interface rather than from the app.
Luckily, the PDF upload feature is slated to return in the future. It was only removed because it was an experimental feature. But given how well it worked, we’re more than a little sad to see it go (for now). Those looking to update should head over to the Google Play Store listing.
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