New version of Google Play finally adds customization of “All Apps” list

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It may be something of an obscure complaint, but I’ve always been a bit annoyed at the management of the “All Apps” list in Google Play. The list isn’t organized at all, and used to serve as a catch-all for every single app ever installed with an account, which made finding something specific in the list quite a tedious process for someone who installs as many apps as I do.

Fortunately, Google has finally noticed this, and just released an update to the Play Store that serves to at least partially mitigate this problem. It isn’t the filters solution that I suggested, but version 3.9.16 of the Google Play Store finally allows users to remove apps from the “All Apps” section, either one at a time or by holding and selecting multiple apps. In addition, the update also fixes the problem where the Play Store brings you to the top of a list when you exit an app description. With the new version, exiting an app description returns the user to where they were on the list before. The update also added expandable notifications and better looking notification icons, which is a nice touch.

All of these changes may seem small, but they do address two major annoyances that I’ve had with the Play Store, making the updated experience that much better. If the new Play Store hasn’t pushed to your device yet, then you can download the .apk file from the source link below.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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