Google Play update brings expanded Android user controls

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out an updated version of its Play storefront app for Android, introducing a series of new features giving consumers greater control over the user experience.

Chief among the changes in Google Play 3.9.16 is the flexibility to remove previously downloaded applications and games from the All Apps listing. Users who install large numbers of Android apps from Google Play may now delete unwanted downloads from the list, eliminating clutter.

The Google Play refresh also touts expandable icons that notify users when an app update is available. In addition, successful installs are noted by the official app or game icon instead of a generic logo. Android Police adds that the size of the Play APK is roughly 136,000 bytes smaller than the previous version, indicating that Google has trimmed some fat along the way.

Google Play (formerly Android Market) launched in October 2008 and now boasts more than 675,000 Android apps in all. The storefront sells premium Android apps in 132 international markets and offers free apps in 190 countries. Late last month, downloads from Google Play topped the 25 billion mark.

For more:
- read this Android Police article

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