There's a new version of the Play Store floating around in the wild, taking us up to v6.2. If you haven't read the title already–which might be possible–you probably want to know what this update includes. There's really only one immediately visible feature, and it's not big, but it's there: the Play Store can now use your Gmail messages to give app recommendations. There are also a couple of minor changes to the navigation drawer and even something we already knew about that will get a teardown mention. Let's be honest, you're here for the apk, so just jump to the link at the bottom and start downloading.

What's New

Recommendations from Gmail Itineraries

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The notable addition in this version is a new toggle in Settings that gives Google the permission to provide app recommendations based on itineraries found in your Gmail account. What does that mean? You're probably going to see some pretty obvious stuff, like the app for an airline after you book a flight. Maybe you'll get language learning and translation apps if you're headed to a foreign country. Who knows, maybe a dinner reservation will earn a link to Yelp.

I think this is a pretty great idea, if for no other reason than it should lead to some recommendations based on something more useful than what our friends liked. I've had this version of the Play Store installed for a little over a day and I've yet to see a recommendation based on my email, so I'm not sure if this feature is actually active yet, but I also don't have a lot lined up for the next couple of weeks. Somebody with more immediate plans might have a better chance of seeing some results.

Obviously, some people will feel like this is an invasion of privacy, so they can turn the option off if they like.

Minor Nav Drawer Tweaks

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Left: previous version. Right: latest version.

I doubt–even hope–that nobody cares about this, but we saw this and don't want to get too many tips about it. There are two trivial changes to the navigation drawer: "My wishlist" has been shortened to "Wishlist" and it has traded places with "Redeem." There's really nothing more to it, I've checked. Nevertheless, if you're actually using either of these options enough that you have some kind of muscle memory built up for where they are situated, this little change is gonna drive you nuts.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that plans could change or may be canceled entirely. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it's officially announced and released.

More Family Library Stuff, Kinda

At this point, any regular reader already knows about the Family Library and Family Sharing. If you're not caught up, check out a previous Play Store teardown, Play Services teardown, the semi-related Play Music Family Play hands-on post, and even the very recent Play Books and Play Movies & TV teardowns. Actually, there are a few more, but they're just old and outdated at this point. The tl;dr is that we'll be able to share purchased content with family members.

Well, there are a few new strings in the latest Play Store update. Frankly, they don't add much, a couple of mundane details can be extracted. To begin with, as most of us probably would have assumed, any item shared in the Family Library will include a note about which family member shared the purchased item.

<string name="family_sharing_shared_by_unknown">Bought by a family member and shared with your family. Enjoy!</string>
<string name="family_sharing_shared_with_you_action_text">Bought by <g id="original_owner">%1$s</g> and shared with your family. Enjoy!</string>

The second thing of note is that there will be a Family Library Settings screen and in it is an option to turn the Family Library on or off. This is probably just a device-specific toggle so users can hide potentially embarrassing purchases by other family members.

<string name="family_sharing_toggle_action_text">Family library</string>
<string name="my_account_family_library_settings_title">Family library settings</string>
<string name="my_account_family_page_title">Family</string>

Like I said, mundane details...

The Play Store often contains other well-hidden surprises, so keep an eye out for any other changes we may have missed.

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.

File Name: com.android.vending_6.2.10.A-all_[0]_2590673-80621000_minAPI9(nodpi).apk

Version: 6.2.10.A-all [0] 2590673 (80621000)