GOOGLE PLAY STORE Posts on XDA

Google removes “Updated on” from Play Store listings yet again

Google is giving mixed signals about whether or not it wants users to have access to detailed information about apps on the Play Store. On the one hand, the company has added a new list item that highlights the minimum Android OS requirement for apps and is working on a Data Safety section to show...

Google Play Pass is finally available in India, offers select apps and games without ads or in-app purchases

Google Play Pass is a subscription service that offers Android users apps and games without ads or in-app purchases for a fixed monthly/yearly fee. Initially limited to the US market, the service is now available in 90 countries, including Germany, Australia, Canada, and Europe. And now Google is expanding it to one more market: India. In...

Developers now have until July 2022 to fill out Play Store’s “Data safety” section

In a bid to give Android users deeper insight into how apps collect, share and protect user data, Google announced a new Data safety section in Play Store back in May. Later on, Google detailed what info app developers would need to disclose in the safety section and rolled out a new form in the...

App listings on Google Play Store now show minimum “Android OS” version

Google Play Store recently picked up a new feature that shows a circular install indicator on your home screen when you start downloading an app. Another small tweak that Google has recently rolled out now tells you the required or minimum Android OS version a device needs to meet to install an app. Each Android app...

Google Play Store’s app installation progress is now visible on your home screen

When iOS users download an app, its icon appears on the home screen -- with a progress circle reflecting its status. This behavior allows users to quickly check the status of apps that are actively downloading or installing on their iPhones. It appears that Google has finally caught up with the other platform. The company...

Open App Markets Act aims to regulate app stores, moves to U.S. Senate vote

The conversation around app store monopolies has ramped up over the past few years, especially throughout Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple and Google over monetization and policies. Slowly but surely, legislators are working on their own solutions, and now one proposed law in the United States has reached a significant milestone: passing the Senate Judiciary...

Google Play System Update for Feb 2022 brings Play-as-you-download improvements, critical bug fixes, and more

Last month, Google published a new support page to highlight all the changes included in its monthly Google Play System updates. Today, the company has updated the page with details about all the changes included in the Google Play System update for February 2022. According to the support page, the February 2022 update will bring critical...

[Update: Widely rolling out] Google Play Store tests a new “Offer” tab in the bottom bar

In April, the Google Play Store received a big UI overhaul that saw the app store getting rid of the hamburger menu, adding a redesigned Settings page and My apps menu, among other UI tweaks. Now Google is testing another UI change in the Google Play Store that adds a fifth tab in the bottom...

As antitrust legislation inches forward in the US, Apple and Google aren’t happy

We're staring at a rather defining moment in smartphone history. The smartphone landscape, as it stands right now, is split between Apple and Google. Both adopt different approaches in how they handle their ecosystems, and through these starkly different approaches, both have undeniably grown to their biggest sizes in their own history. The past year...

Google publishes new support page highlighting Google Play System Update changes

Along with monthly security patches, Google releases regular Google Play system updates to its devices. But while Google publishes a detailed changelog highlighting all the changes included in each monthly security update, the company doesn't do the same for Google Play system updates. This makes tracking changes a bit cumbersome. To address this, Google has...

It’s now easier to find and install Android TV and Wear OS apps with new Play Store filters

Google recently allowed users to directly install apps from the Play Store onto their Android TV via their smartphone. This was a convenient and welcome move for everyone who has an Android TV and installs apps on it frequently. Navigating through various menus and typing long app names on a TV can be annoying. The...

Facebook sets up a new website to circumvent app store fees

Apple and Google charge relatively high commission fees for using their billing systems -- which both indie developers and major corporations have criticized. Meta's latest move to circumvent these fees is launching a website dedicated to selling Facebook Stars. Stars are virtual points users can buy during Facebook video livestreams to support their favorite creators. When...