Google Begins Rolling Out Play Store Update

Alan Buckingham
Oct 18, 2012
Updated • Dec 1, 2012
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Google hasn't changed their Android market app much since the big update that changed the name to the Google Play Store, but they are now rolling out a rather major update to version 3.9.16.  Despite not getting a catchy name like version 4.0, the update adds quite a few new features that users have been clamoring for, including better app control and wish lists.

The new "Wish List" feature allows users to save apps for a later purchase or download, working much the same as wish lists on the Amazon web site.  This is handy for those pricey apps that you simply can't make up your mind about right away.  Simply add it to your wish list and then research what other users are saying about it, then come back later if you decide to pull the trigger.  Aside from apps, you can also use this new feature to save music, movies & TV shows, magazines, and books for later purchase.

The other new feature that is receiving a lot of attention is the ability to go into the My Apps section of the store and remove selected apps straight from there - no more need to access the settings.  Users previously accessed this area to find if any app updates were available, but with this added functionality, the list has become a whole lot more useful.

Google is pushing out the update now, but it's a gradual roll out, so don't be surprised if you don't receive it today.  It will more likely take a couple of weeks for everyone to get the new version, but it seems to be for all Android users, or perhaps version 2.3 and up, which would still encompass almost everyone.  In the meantime, if you simply can't wait, then several sites are offering a download of the .APK file if you are feeling adventurous.  The file is only 5.2 MB, but you will need get it onto your SD card and use a third-party installer to run it.


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  1. dwarf_t0ssn said on October 20, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Yeah, we really should have been able to delete garbage from our MY APPS page sooner. Took me about 40 minutes to straighten mine up though, as every time you delete one it sends you to the top of your list.

    If it remembered your position or had a multi-select it’d be great, but this is progress for sure. Good update.

  2. hum said on October 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    You can also remove uninstalled apps from your “My Apps”-history.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      I just noticed that after the latest upgrade, wonder why that has not been implemented previously.

  3. Locutus said on October 19, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Why would you need to use a 3rd party installer? Just download it and tap the download icon to open up the standard installer.

    1. usdballum said on October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      Yeap, Yeap, Word.

  4. Jojo said on October 19, 2012 at 5:46 am

    How about remembering where you were in the apps list when you return to it?

    On my HTC EVO V, if I look at an app, then decide to do nothing and return to the list, I get returned to the TOP of the whole list and have to scroll down to wherever I was.

    Is this an HTC issue or Google Play store problem?

    Whichever, it is REALLY annoying.

    1. Locutus said on October 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

      That was a Google Play issue, and has been fixed as of v3.8.17 and v3.9.16 (each one fixed parts of it so it’s 100% done now).

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