16
Sep
google_play_store

A recent Play Store update to 4.3.10 cleaned up some rough edges and added a few minor features. Although, one of those features was contentious to say the least. The Recently Updated section of the My Apps page listed everything updated for the last week, which could be a long list for users with a lot of apps. It's not seven days anymore, though. Now it's more like three.

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The Play Store now only considers apps updated in the last three days (give or take a little) to be recent. This means the list will be much shorter, and frankly, fits the definition of "recent" better. Users with a few apps might not have much of anything in the Recently Updated list, though.

We spoke to a Googler who confirmed the limit is currently set at about 3 days, but it's not set in stone. It could go back up or be lowered even more. So how do you feel about this change? Our last poll resulted in a whopping 59% of you saying the amount of time should be shorter.

Is 3 days the right length of time for apps to show up in the "Recently Updated" section of the Play Store?

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • wierzbik

    Uuu only 2 votes. Am I lust lucky or no-life? (F5, F5, F5... give me more news!) :)

  • /ˈpiːnɪs/,

    SHIT'S CASH

  • me

    They should remove it completely and add a text "Last update: xx/xx/xxxx" in the app card for each app. Having apps in two different lists inside one list is just stupid.

    • miri

      But if you don't tap on the app card to check what's new before it finishes updating then you have to hunt for it in a list of 100+ apps, which I find quite maddening. Then there's the issue that you'd only know an app was updated if you regularly go on leisurely scrolls through the "My apps" list and keep a mental record of when last checked each app.

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Maybe they could have a setting that allows people to enable this, but I prefer the old way. I really think this is a feature that is simply meaningless to average users, and should not come activated by default.

    • Easy

      It is called categorizing. "Up to date", "Recently updated" and "Updates" lists are perfect. Probably you want to scroll through 100 apps each time to see what changed?

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      No, this was a great addition in response to the fact that auto-updating leaves us unaware that an app's been updated, and without easy access to the changelog. By separating it like this, we can easily check in and see what happened. Otherwise we might not even know an update took place. Information is useful.

      • Steph Chi

        Agree with you BUT I don't like auto-updating anyway (and I disable it) because sometime you don't know what happens, and sometime you DON'T want the update to run ! Who said Maps, GTalk (oups HangOuts), Google Search (for France), etc. ? ;-)

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    I think to satisfy everyone they should have just given the user the option how many days using radio buttons in the settings (default can be 3 I think that's fine).

  • Tympakianakis Apostolis

    I like the 3 days period, but I think a "No of days" setting would be better for everyone. Not that hard to implement anyway...

    • Leonard Wong

      Yes that would be even handy and meet the needs for everyone

  • Matthew Fleisher

    24 hours at most but it still seems useless

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

    This entire thread is a quintessential example of why giving the user every option they could ever want is fucking stupid. Everyone has wildly conflicting opinions over the dumbest crap.

    Ten bucks says this is how Android was designed in the early days. Those were dark times.

    • Matthew Fry

      Where's your staff tag?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        He's not staff. Hasn't been for a while.

        • Matthew Fry

          Whoops! Well... I'll just uh... I'll be... awkward somewhere else now.

      • RyanWhitwam

        He left us. We hate him now.

    • Easy

      This is a simple requirement, a bunch of apps get updated, we just want to see which one they are and what got changed. I had great difficulty before when there was no recently updated list when a dozen apps get updated and then I have to go through around 100-200 apps to see if I can spot the changed apps (most likely not). Then I keep the status bar notification and touch on each one to see what got updated.

  • RTWright

    Lets see, they give us only bloody 15 minutes to try out an app before we can get a refund but they're going to put these things in a list for 3 days once they update. I don't think Google has pulled their head out of their asses yet. This list grows LONG when you have a lot of updates happening. I believe the user should control this list and NOT Google. I would liked it better if they had this list, it only kept them for maybe at best 1 day at the longest. But allow us to REMOVE them by swiping them off the list after we've seen what we needed to see. There is NO damn reason to have a list like this stay so long on our play store updates.

    • Daveon Jackson

      Yes, I agree being able to swipe them from the list would be much more useful than a static list of apps recently updated.

    • vgergo

      swiping: good idea

  • muffnman

    I don't care, just fix the damn web store.

  • Hans Pedersen

    It would be a bit more logical to sort the 'recently changed' section according to date instead of alphabetically. But this change at least takes away some of the clutter of having half of your apps up there. :)

  • Cherokee4Life

    Does it need to be there at all? If you apps auto-update don't you see the notification anyways? It just seems to be duplicate information = more clutter. If I could get rid of it I would.

    • blahmoomoo

      One problem with the notification is that it has a limit on how many apps it lists as updated (not sure how many. 4-6 probably), even when you expand it. So the list may be necessary for people with a ton of apps.

      Sorting the recently updated list by date does make the most sense, as people are suggesting. Placing it in the same area as the all apps list doesn't quite seem right though.

      • Cherokee4Life

        true, good point.

  • JT3

    I think this could be an option for the user, but barring that, 3 days seems about right.

    I also agree that this section should be sorted by date, rather than alphabetical.

  • Nasir Uddin

    They should just add an option...

  • jayray78

    Why can't they just add sorting options....alphabetical, reverse alphabetical, recently updated, the opposite of recently updated (the word escapes me at the moment)....wouldn't that be simpler? Isn't that what Android is all about. Choice!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Sorting and filtering - the things we've been asking for but Google won't grant us since as long as I can remember.

      • kekkojoker90

        the nly things i miss is the ability to sorting for recently updated. Too many old apps are on top of my search. Another good think is the filter in our apps for all purchase.

    • Easy

      I like your request, but even without options, recently updated should be sorted on date updated (recent ones at the top) and up to date ones sorted alphabetically. Of course sort options will be terrific.

    • Steph Chi

      All is said : just sorting ! And you are right, choice ! That's why we love Android ... So, why Google is going that way ? 7 days, 3 days, 1 day tomorrow or 10 ?

  • mLogician

    They better not sort the recently updated apps list.

  • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

    Moste be a old patch this am using patch 4.3.11

  • Ryan Callihan

    I'm nearly alone in the fact that I think it should stayed 7 days. I hadn't realized the change though. I saw my list was really short, but I didn't know they the timeframe. Huh.

  • Vin

    Looks like a slow day at AP

  • oesjmr

    Three days is just about right, but I'd also like the ability to swipe the notification away at any time.

  • Martin Hollerweger

    it should be sorted by date!!!

  • Joe Micelli

    Just add a new tab called "Updated" and be done with it

  • Andrew

    Personally, I think 24 hours is more than enough.

  • Michael Williams

    Don't care how long it is really. I use "changelog droid" from the play store and it does all I need. Sorts updates by date.

  • duse

    Should just be sorted by last updated like it used to be. Google is the king of one step forward, two steps back. Or maybe, a half step forward, five massive steps back is more like it.

  • Manny

    I would much rather they get rid of the Recently updated app section, and put in place a "Purchased Apps" Section.

  • Qliphah

    There's a much better app that shows all the details for every change/update/install/uninstall.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cypressworks.changelogviewer

    Much easier to read too, honestly I don't like the way the Play store keeps getting dumbed down. But I guess as android gains popularity they have to cater to the luddites and lazy users that just want pretty colors and big buttons that my grandma can see.

  • John Smith

    I don't care - what's the point of that list anyway ?

  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    Its not better or worse, its stupid. All I want is sorting & filtering options. I want to sort my apps by install date / 1st install date / name (asc/descending) and be able to see only my purchases or search apps I've previously installed. I'd like to type a few letters and see my list filtered.

  • DHM

    It should stay in the recent until you open it or the 3 day period is up

  • william harrison

    I think they should give you an option to set it to what you want or even off for some people.

  • dude

    I don't care, bring the god damn list for my purchased apps back (in alphabet order and not in one mess with the free ones).

  • D q

    sorting options

    i know what i just updated, why must i be reminded it about it for next 3 days ?

  • http://wishu-blog.net Wishu Kaiser

    I still think, they should just add a new Tab where all Apps are listed – sorted by the last update.

  • bL4Ck

    Much better, 7 days was too big as a time frame, after a week i ended up having almost every app installed in my phone marked as recently updated, that's not useful, that just makes things more confusing, so yes, 3 days is the way to go.

  • firethorn

    Much, much better. I would still prefer this to be a user preference setting as one size *never* fits all, ever.

  • james kendall

    about time.

  • Nick M

    In my mind, there should be a completely seperate page that shows an update history that includes the what's new section for each update

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