Not too long ago, the Google Play Store was given a major update to version 4.4.21. This previous update gave a rather significant UI overhaul to the Play Store, bringing the new slide-out navigation drawer as well as a few other tweaks. We also recently saw Google place tablet apps front and center in the Play Store. Now, Google is rolling out Play Store version 4.5.10, which brings another round of new features and UI revisions, albeit more subtle than the last.
Perhaps the most noticeable change in 4.5.10 relates to user reviews. The new version offers more a prominent placement of stars, encouraging users to rate applications. It also prompts you to rate certain applications in order to receive better recommendations.
In-App Purchases have also been tweaked. The new version highlights when applications have in-app purchases. In other words, you’ll no longer download a “free” game, only to discover later that to complete the mission and rescue the princess, you’ll need to fork over some real cash. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t provide any insight into the quantity or price of in-app purchases. That said, at least this is a step in the right direction, as it should help you know what you’re getting yourself into when trying a freemium app.
Finally, the new Play Store brings an activity feed. This lets you share your Google Play activity such as ratings and +1s in your your Google+ feed. You can also browse other reviewers’ profiles.
The update is gradually rolling out, but it may take some time to make its way over to your personal device. Thankfully, XDA Senior Member Abhiheart has mirrored the APK for your download pleasure. You can find the APK, as well as additional screenshots in the original thread.
Have you updated to Play Store 4.5.10 already? If so, what’s your favorite new feature? Are you most excited about the IAP notifications, or are the better reviews and G+ integration more important to you? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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