Google’s Play Store is in the process of being updated to version 7.8.16, which is now available for side-load via APKMirror. The update brings an altered look to the market’s icon, and contains new notifications.
Google’s Play Store opened on March 6, 2012, five years ago this week. To celebrate its fifth birthday, Google has written about the Play Store detailing the top five apps, games, movies, tracks, albums, and books that users have downloaded over the last five years.
The end of 2016 is nearly here and thousands of apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books made their way through the Play Store this year. Some were more well-received than others and Google has once again released a list ranking the most popular apps over the past year.
Google’s Android Developers team wants their to be only honest reviews left for apps, which is why they have been working to implement changes. The latest change is a new method that will help spot false or fake reviews left on the Play Store.
Support for Android apps has been one of most anticipated features for Chromebooks. Earlier this year, Google announced it would finally begin moving forward with the ASUS Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R11 and Chromebook Pixel slated to gain access to the Play Store via the ChromeOS developer channel. Four more Chromebooks have recently gained support for the Play Store.
Earlier this week, both Google’s Daydream app and YouTube VR app went live on the Play Store to download. This came just in the neck of time, as Daydream View units began shipping out to those who pre-ordered it or a Pixel phone.
Yesterday, Google announced the deployment of enhanced content discovery systems in the Play Store to filter apps which manipulate their way into the top charts and recommended lists. According to Google, such apps typically rely on illegitimate methods including fake installs, fake reviews and incentivized ratings to boost their placement.
For those of you unfamiliar, Google’s Pixel smartphone runs a totally new launcher by default. It’s called the Pixel Launcher, which was previously known as the Nexus Launcher. Just yesterday, it made way to the Play Store.