Google went on a minor update spree this afternoon, issuing revisions to four Google apps on the Play Store, including Play Music, Wallet, Drive, and Shopper. All four updates are relatively mundane, but here are the various changes.

Google Drive

Hidden in the old Drive changelog from the previous update (here) is a small note regarding gestures. The new version is

11. Updates to gesture detection

Google Shopper

Shopper has received the most substantial update of the four to v2.6, with changes to filtering options and search, as well as performance and stability improvements.

What's in this version:

* Filter weekly sales at featured local stores by category so you can focus on your favorite deals
* Browse visually similar products when searching for apparel
* Improved performance and stability

Google Wallet

Wallet has been bumped to version 1.5-R81-v4, and will now suck down less of your battery (did it before?). It's also more secure, apparently.

This latest update includes security and battery life improvements.

Play Music

Play Music got some "minor fixes," in the words of the changelog, and is now at v4.3.615.

* Minor fixes.

Play Movies & TV

Play Movies & TV was updated to version 2.1.9 with, you guessed it, bug fixes.

What's in this version:

Bug fixes

Street View

Street View, too, got in on the minor update bandwagon with some bug fixes of its own.

What's in this version:

* Bug fixes

David Ruddock
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  • Tom

    Google Play Store still says "Not compatible with your device" i.e. Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Jellybean. This really sucks Verizon! I wonder if I could file a lawsuit against VZ.

    • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

      I'll go in with you.

      Surely somebody will post an apk of the new file soon.

      • LewisSD

        Its not matter of getting the apk file its a matter of verizon blocking the app. Im pretty sure they have a workaround over at xda though. I know they have it for the s3.

        • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

          Well the legal matter is a problem of Verizon blocking the app, but I've already sideloaded the new apk. I downloaded it from the comments over at Droid Life. Seems to be working fine...

          • LewisSD

            What phone are you using? I side loaded it as well on my S3 and it says it is not supported when I try to open the app

          • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

            Galaxy Nexus. On mine, it always says it's an unsupported device, but I think that's just because my phone is rooted. It still works....well when I can find a place to use it.

  • theentropic

    So can anyone pull/host the new Wallet APK so the unlucky VZW folks can install it?

    • http://twitter.com/GutterIsATool Chilli

      Go check the comments on the story over at Droid Life. They already have it up.

  • bevardimusg

    Why did the Play Music app ever get rid of the ability to quickly see all music from the currently playing artist? Now I have to open the queue, hit that tiny drop-down menu for a song, and then select "more from artist". I REALLY miss the way it used to be. Otherwise, Play music is amazing.

    • LiamBryant

      I like the queue idea, but they need to implement it wayyy better, like maybe some clear/add to queue buttons that aren't buried in context menus

      • bevardimusg

        Indeed. I gotta hand it to Google though, the inclusion of the little blue "play" triangle which toggles bluetooth on/off is one of my absolute favorite additions to the Jelly Bean version of Play Music. Especially when I'm in my car.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    I'd rather use Google Music with PowerAmp, I wish they would release an API to access my stored music from third party players

    • Mikey_H

      Poweramp also need to support playing over wifi

    • edzuslv

      For me PowerAmp always running in background even if i kill it after some time it`s appearing again. Why?

  • fixxmyhead

    4 apps i dont even use :/

  • Mikey_H

    Anyone have a link to the Play Music apk? hate being locked out just because we're in the UK

    • http://www.theultralinx.com/ Will Kennerley

      I find that I can update it by visiting the play store webpage for Play Music (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.music). The button already says installed, but if I press it I can choose to re-install it with the latest update on my phone.

      • Mikey_H

        That didn't work for me, I ended up installing market enabler and installing it direct on phone. Now that its installed I can update it normally. o/

  • Glenn

    I don't know when, but Wallet doesn't work in Australia anymore :( I tried opening it the other day, with Market Enabler to T-Mobile USA and it didn't work, that used to do it straight away.

  • Pedro Madeira

    Streetview was also updated

  • Jon Garrett

    I hate Google wallet, I hate that I dont have it on 2 of Samsung's flagship devices (Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III) I hate AT*T for blocking it and I hate Google for letting AT&T get in the FKing way !!! if this was an apple service, AT&T would have bowed down and not gotten in the way !!

    Google needs to take action and get this on ALL Android devices, if they dont, apple's bullshit passbook will become the standard and Android users will be left without any options--and apple will sue if they try.