Google brings on new updates for its application and services so that it can provide the best experience to its users. Recently, the company released the August 2022 improvements patch for the Google Play system updates. However, it looks like, the latest patch doesn’t work in favor of the application.
As reported by some Android users, Google Play system updates fail to respond appropriately. These users mainly hold Samsung, Xiaomi, Google, and Nokia devices. So far, Google Play updates help in viewing the details of the current version and hunting for the new updates. However, things are not running on the right track for a few days.
As of now, the Check for update option from Google Play updates has vanished for some unknown reasons. The page no longer exists on the Google Play updates. Besides, while using the application, it does not provide any new information.
Instead, the app has started showing some different and irrelevant tabs while launching it for some activity. Till now, the issue was only taking place for a handful of users, but now it has started stretching its legs for other Android devices as well.
Why is this happening? Well, there could be two possible aspects of such behavior on the Google Play system. Either, the company has imposed some new tugs and let the update page open only when there is some new update. Or this could be a bug that came along with the new August 2022 firmware.
Speaking of other devices, Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 Pro running on the Android 13 system still have the ‘Check for update’ tab. Hence, we can assume that this is a bug affecting the Android 12 devices. If it is a defect then there are chances that Google will mend it soon. However, how long users have to face this scenario is still a big question.
Checking for Google Play System Updates has been broken for a few days now, and it's still not exactly clear why. I see some strange logs from the Google Play Store when I manually enable and launch the activity, suggesting this is a bug. pic.twitter.com/TC0mS7XuUO
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) August 22, 2022
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Google Play Store 33.2.12 rolling with app crash prompt feature
Google Play Store 33.2.12 will greatly expand to smartphones, tablets, and other devices but you can download it right away from the link given below. However, people who want to wait will get it installed silently in the background.
This Play Store version also improves the overall performance of the system and provides a better user experience.
This week, Android has made a significant change in the Play Store and app ecosystem for smartphones and other platforms. For instance, if an app crashes, Play Store will prompt users to get the latest update for the app from Play Store. That’s a good improvement for Android phone owners and it’s rolling out with Play Store version 33.2. as mentioned above.
Android enthusiast, Mishal Rahman found relevant details in the Play Store Android code, including updating the app to fix crashes.
Such a message on app crash includes: “The app stopped working, but the latest update for the app may fix the issue. Install the update and then open the app again. If you want to update later, go to %1$s in Google Play.”
To be mentioned the latest changes in Play Store are released with the latest November 2022 Google Play System Update. There are other important optimizations and new features added to the app distribution platform.
These include better download and installation speed, optimizations for performance, bug fixes, and improvements to security, stability, and accessibility.
New formats for search results, update for game clusters views for Chromebooks, new kids menu on large screen Android devices, automatic updates over limited mobile data for Google Play apps for users who do not have regular WiFi access.
We suggest you look for the latest Play Store app software to get the new optimizations and app crash fix prompt feature.
Google Play Store brings ‘Now in Android’
Google has finally launched the “Now in Android” application on the Play Store. The newly-released app will eventually ease the app development for the developers and will make the entire procedure more efficient.
As the name suggests, Now in Android offers a quick view of what other developers have recently done in the Android system. Besides, you can check the latest designs, new tools, and functions that are being added to the Android surface.
In addition, the app also covers a huge library of new releases, articles, videos, podcasts, samples, codelabs, and several other subjects relevant to Android developers. It brings UI, testing, and architecture details to developers so that they can complete an app development more effectively.
On the flip side, the app will help the developers to remain updated with the latest tweaks and pinches about Android in the technology world.
So far, the app was already present on Github. However, to increase the availability rate, Google introduced Now in Android to the Play Store. As a result, not only developers but users can also learn about Android and app development.
Ultimately, the US tech giant keeps on checking its developers’ and users’ needs. The company introduces such services and facilities that can meet their requirements. Consequently, Now in Android is such an initiation.
Extraordinary layout, just like Material You
Now in Android app reflects quite similar properties to the Material You on a design basis. On the other hand, the app also relates to the Compose Material Catalog and showcases extreme designs and layouts.
Alternatively, the app exhibits default and dark colorways and displays themes as per the wallpapers. Further, it features customized layouts corresponding to several screen sizes.
Significantly, Now in Android app is a functional Android app entirely built with Kotlin and Jetpack Compose. The app follows the new frameworks and modules which makes it capable of bringing the latest topics and details to developers.
Google Play Store expands ‘user choice billing’ test to US
Google has announced the expansion of Play Store user billing alternatives test in the US and other markets. Eventually, the company mentioned that third-party apps can actively participate in this beta activity.
To those who are unaware, user choice billing enables Android app developers to use their own payment systems instead of Google’s. As a result, developers no more need Google’s in-built system to hold payment actions in their apps.
To be specific, users will have the choice to either use the Google Play Store’s in-app purchasing system or the developer’s payment system while buying in-app content (in supported countries).
The tech maker initiated the user choice billing beta tests in September. At that time, the company rolled out the pilot stage in Australia, EEA (European Economic Area), India, Indonesia, and Japan.
After the fruitful outcomes, Google Play Store has pushed off the user choice billing test in the US, Brazil, and South Africa. Alongside this, the latest expansion will make the user choice billing available in 35 regions worldwide.
Spotify – the first pilot tester
Further, Google informed that Spotify is the first third-party app that has begun billing alternative testing. Thereafter, the Bumble application also joined this recruitment process.
After the stable implementation, Android users will catch a new user interface on Spotify and other apps. This user interface will permit users to choose how they want to pay for monthly or other subscription packages.
On the other hand, developers who want to adopt the user choice billing system in their applications, need to follow some major guidelines of Google. As per these regulations, developers must show separate screens for the billing options.
Further, the billing screen must be visible before every purchase. Aside, developers must fulfill the below-given requirements:
- Your app must be a non-gaming mobile or tablet app
- The developer must be a registered business
- Implement trust and safety requirements, and user experience guidelines when available
- Only offer user choice billing to mobile and tablet users in announced pilot countries
- Comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) (if handling credit and debit card data)
To get more detailed information about these guidelines, click HERE.
According to Google’s words, this is just the beginning and the company will continue to expand the new billing alternative testing in more regions in the time ahead.