Google is testing a new layout for the section My apps and games of the Play Store: now it’s called Manage app and device, and the list of recently updated apps is no longer immediately available. The current layout has four sections – Updates, Installed, Collection e Sharing; the new one, shared on Reddit over the weekend, only two, Overview e Management (the names are unofficial, translated by us from English, so there is a minimum of uncertainty). The section that opens by default is Overview, which matters just five elements. From top to bottom:
- A Google Play Protect report on the latest security scans
- An update report – how many remain to be done, date of the latest updates and a button to see more details
- An indicator of how much space is occupied in the internal memory compared to the total
- Two buttons to send or receive apps through Nearby Share, respectively
- A link to the section dedicated to ratings and reviews.
It seems that, by pressing the button for more details on updates, you only end up on a page that lists any updates yet to be completed; in short, with the information currently in our possession it seems that it is no longer possible to consult recent updates.
This is not the first time that Google has worked to shift the user’s attention away from update changelogs. It can be argued that there are so many, spread over the over 100 apps that are found on average on every smartphone, that keeping up with all of them is one simply too much effort, and so Google tries to discourage him. Among other things, it is increasingly common to resort to so-called server-side updates, which do not even require the download of a new version of the app.
In any case, for the moment the findings seem very limited; the new interface seems to be in distribution (in fact) lato server. The user who shared the screenshots currently has version 25.1.24-21, but many others updated to the same version continue to have the old layout.