It has been a few months since the last Google Play Store app update – you might recall the update from last December that brought us social activity sharing.
This time around the updates to the Google Play Store app include some design tweaks, text changes and, we’re sure, some bug fixes. More importantly, they have added in-app purchases to the app permissions list and provided some fine-tuned options for those that password protect their purchases.
In the visual tweaks department, we see Settings and Help moved to the hamburger / slide-out menu on the left.
A piece of confusing text has been updated; no longer will you see “Auto-add widgets,” instead you will see “Add icon to Home screen” – which is more accurate and understandable.
Google+ +1 counts will now be fully displayed, as an example, “12K people +1′d this” turns into “12152 people +1′d this.” And multiple account users will see a little clean up in the left nav menu, no longer hiding the actual nav buttons while choosing accounts.
A relatively unknown feature is reportedly being removed, batch removal of previously installed apps (that are not installed on the device). Navigate to the All section of My Apps and long press on an uninstalled app, you can now multi-select any uninstalled app. The current multi-select action is to batch delete the apps from history, new functionality will be to batch install the apps. This will be absolutely priceless for setting up new devices and fresh installs.
An important update to the in-app purchases (IAP) policy is included here. Previously, if a user has selected the password protection of payments, there was a 30 minute window after each purchase in which further purchases could process without authentication. This is now changed, offering the choice of continuing with the 30 minute window or locking down all purchases. This could be a response to the recent lawsuit filed by a mother whose son raked in IAP costs in Android games.
In-app purchases are now listed in the app permissions list, complimenting the “Offers In-app Purchases” indicator below the Install button in the web Play Store.
Last, but not least, users can now manually check for updates to the Google Play Store. Something we wish we had right now. Simply click the build number in Settings to manually check for a Play Store app update.
The update has begun rolling out last night and should hit your device any time now.