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Google Play Store will no longer show apps update notifications

Android’s core apps suite has the benefit of receiving regular updates which are independent of major OS updates. In some cases, though features are being taken down without any heads up and this is true for the Play Store’s removed notifications for updated apps.

Apparently this development has been live since November for some users on version 17.4 of the Play Store. Some users considered the lack of notifications as a temporary bug but it turned out that this was a planned initiative and was recently confirmed by Google representatives.

In our own test on version 18.3.13 we did not receive any notifications following several app updates. This was done through the manual update route and from what it seems the same applies to users who have auto-updates turned on. How do you feel about this change, should Google still give users control over notifications for app updates?

Google Play at a glance

Google Play was formerly Android Market, it is a digital distribution service operated and it is owned by Google. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit and published through Google. Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, books, movies, and television programs. It previously offered Google hardware devices for purchase until the introduction of a separate online hardware retailer, Google Store, on March 11, 2015, and it also offered news publications and magazines before the revamp of Google News on May 15, 2018.

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