Hey look, everyone - Google sent us all a treat tonight in the form of the first Play Store update in over 3 months. And we just love new things (hi, Kirill!). As usual, you'll find the apk for v4.6.16 towards the bottom of this post.

What's New?

So, what's new in Play Store 4.6.16 compared to 4.5.10?

Batch install in My apps -> All tab

Update #1: Rather than batch removing (note: I'm talking about removing apps that aren't installed from the All list here, not mass uninstalling) multiple apps in My apps -> All tab, we can now mass install them. This makes installing familiar apps on new devices a whole lot easier, though still very much time-consuming. The batch remove functionality was, well, removed. (Thanks, AudioAw2015 and Jeremy Smith!)

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Removing apps from My apps -> All no longer jumps to the top of the list

Update #2: Previously, simply removing an app from the My apps -> All list forced you all the way back up to the top of the list, which was extremely annoying and unnecessary. No longer the case - the app now disappears from the list, but your position remains the same. (Thanks, David Coiner!)

New Require password option

Following the recent class action lawsuit over in-app purchases, we now have a new option to always require the account password for purchases, not just once per 30 minutes. If you have kids, you should probably turn this on now.

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Settings and Help finally moved to slideout nav

Settings and Help have moved - you can now find them in the slideout navigation drawer. Other Google apps were updated in a similar fashion recently, so we completely expected the Play Store to follow suit. In related news, this means that the unnecessary overflow menu on the start screen is gone.

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Confusing Auto-add widgets setting renamed

The "widget" part of Auto-add widgets was really confusing since it was actually adding icons and not widgets. It's all fixed now, finally.

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

We can finally force Play Store self-update

Finally, we can trigger a self-update action on the Play Store itself - just tap the Build version in the settings. This will come in super handy for fresh OS installs that ship with outdated Play Stores.

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IAPs now included in the App permissions screen

Following the IAP indicator added in the previous version, another warning about IAPs is now included in the App permissions list when you press Install.

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Google+ +1 counts are now exact for large quantities

This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you still don't get it... drugs are bad, mkay?

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Continuous security verification

There are a bunch of strings and code for continuous app verification that we learned about several weeks ago:

<string name="package_malware_cancel">"Don't install"</string>
<string name="package_malware_install">Install anyway</string>
<string name="package_malware_keep">Keep anyway</string>
<string name="package_malware_uninstall">Uninstall</string>

<string name="verify_app_removed_notification_title">Uninstalled %1$s</string>
<string name="verify_app_removed_notification_message">"This app isn't safe. Touch for details."</string>
<string name="verify_app_remove_request_notification_title">You should uninstall %1$s</string>
<string name="verify_app_remove_request_notification_message">This app may be harmful. Touch for details.</string>

Tweaked styles

Add buttons are now blue, the names are bold, and there's a white border around the profile image:

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

For those of you with multiple accounts, the account selector looks a bit different now and no longer makes all the nav items disappear:

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Left: old Play Store. Right: new Play Store

Tapping My Apps while already in My Apps no longer refreshes

Tapping My Apps no longer refreshes the list of apps if you're already in My Apps. This was a useful way to see if there are any updates since the last refresh but now to refresh you need to go to another menu item first and then come back.

If you spot something else that I haven't, please drop a comment below.

File Size History

  • com.android.vending-4.0.27.apk 5.89 MB (6,181,458 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.1.6.apk 5.75 MB (6,036,474 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.1.10.apk 5.76 MB (6,040,792 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.2.3.apk 5.76 MB (6,046,580 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.2.9.apk 5.84 MB (6,129,144 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.3.10.apk 5.75 MB (6,036,657 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.3.11.apk 5.75 MB (6,038,575 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.4.21.apk 5.84 MB (6,126,172 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.4.22.apk 5.84 MB (6,126,834 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.5.10.apk 6.62 MB (6,951,714 bytes)
  • com.android.vending-4.6.16.apk 6.21 MB (6,520,554 bytes)

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

Note: Version 4.6.17 is floating around as well, but it is exactly the same as 4.6.16. Literally the only difference is the version number. We have no idea why Google decided to release it, but you're not gaining anything by using 4.6.16.

File name: com.android.vending-4.6.16.apk

Version: 4.6.16 (Android 2.2+).

MD5: de29d98de5f239d844abcaef3b18cc93.

  1. AndroidFileHost mirror
  2. ZippyShare mirror
  3. MediaFire mirror
  4. MEGA mirror

Thanks to Ray Wells for the APK!