Google has stopped exhibiting the model numbers for apps on the Play Retailer. The change seems to have rolled out in current days and solely impacts the cellphone variations of the apps as of now. It’s unclear whether or not the corporate intentionally made this alteration or it was brought on by a bug.
The Google Play Retailer traditionally listed the app model quantity as the primary merchandise beneath the “App information” part of an inventory’s description, which yow will discover by tapping the “About this app” button. Nevertheless, as reported by 9to5Google, some customers have observed that the merchandise is lacking on their machine. Particularly, Google has eliminated that info for the cellphone variations of the apps.
When you’ve got a Put on OS smartwatch linked to the identical Google account, the Play Retailer will present the model quantity for under the smartwatch model of the app. The knowledge additionally continues to look for AndroidTV or Google TV variations of apps. The Play Retailer internet consumer, in the meantime, retains the model numbers for all apps, together with the cellphone variations. Model 31.6.13-21 of the cellular app that rolled out just lately seems to be the offender.
This means that the change isn’t deliberate and that it’s brought on by a bug. As the brand new report notes, the Play Retailer exhibits the model quantity for cellphone apps twice inside the description — each beneath the “App information” and “Compatibility on your lively gadgets” sections. Possibly it wished to take away the merchandise from one of many two locations however unintentionally eliminated each. We actually hope that’s the case. In any other case, it might pressure customers to dig into the cellphone settings to test app model numbers. Not with the ability to test model numbers earlier than putting in an app or updating would additionally stop customers from avoiding buggy releases.
Google has eliminated key app info from the Play Retailer previously too
Until it is a bug, it looks like Google enjoys depriving customers of key app info on the Play Retailer. There have been a number of such cases over the previous few months. In November final yr, the corporate briefly stopped exhibiting when an app was final up to date to some customers, a lot to their frustration. It did that once more earlier this yr earlier than reinstating the data a number of days later.
If that was not sufficient, Google final month eliminated the Permissions checklist. This choice attracted extensive criticism of the corporate, forcing it to reinstate the checklist shortly afterward. However recent from that backlash, the Android maker appears to have taken away one other key piece of data from the Play Retailer. Let’s hope it’s a bug and that model numbers for cellphone apps might be again for everybody quickly.