About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we have decomposed the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompose these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps), we can see different lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ship these features at any time, and our interpretation of what may happen may be incomplete. We will try to enable those who are close to ending, however, to show you how they will look in the case that they ship. With this in mind, read on.
“My Apps and Games” is currently long-pressed from the navigation drawer or on the Play Store’s homescreen icon. Today there are four tabs, “update” with a list of new and recent apps. This is primarily the section with which users interact. This is followed by an all “installed” list, “library,” and “beta”.
We have enabled a new design that has been under development for the past several weeks. There is a possibility that it is still being worked on and may change before launch. It starts with renaming the “Manage Apps and Devices” page from Google Play, providing a more accurate description of what you can do with this action.
An “overview” tab quickly notes whether updates are available and gives users a quick shortcut to “update all” or “view details” – more on that later. Next, you have a storage indicator and shortcut of “Your rating and review”.The “Manage” tab is where bulk off changes exist. Google originally combined three views into one. You are presented with three filters. “Installed” or “not installed” replicates the old “library” functionality.
“Available Updates” will sort the list below – where each item can be expanded to see a changelog of new versions available. Finally, there is a “game” filter. You also have a “sort by” filter to see the most / least used, last updated, alphabetical and size.
The Google Play Store’s new managed apps and devices page will make some adjustments, but it is overall cleaner and simpler by getting rid of unnecessary personal feeds / lists. There is no indication of when it will launch.Meanwhile, our second search today focuses on the checkboxes located near each app. You can use this to select multiple applications to remove or update, as well as to review individual ones for very convenient bulk control. The top bar updates how many shapes and sizes you have chosen.
Tapping the overflow menu reveals a third option – “Share”.
Share the app with friends on Play
To find nearby devices, allow Play Store to use your location
The process starts with the sender visiting the “Send Apps” page or directly selecting and then choosing your device to share. This more integrated approach will likely popularize this feature.
This is a continuation of Google’s work for peer-to-peer (P2P) offline app sharing that was first introduced in 2018 to third-party file managers, such as Files (Go). This is very useful for low bandwidth markets, such as Next Billion users.
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