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Play Store web version tests revamped install workflow and interface

Quite a long time ago, you were able to install apps on your phone from the Play Store website without further authentication. These days, though, clicking the Install button abruptly throws you into Google's account picker, asking you to re-enter your password. While you still can't reduce the number of times a password is required or mark machines as trusted, Google is testing a revamped interface. It should help you bring apps to your phones more easily. The workflow asks you to choose an install target before prompting a password and shows you more devices at a glance.

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[Update: Fixed] Pre-registration on the web version of the Play Store is broken for many

Usually, pre-registering to be notified of an app's release is a simple click of a button over on the Play Store, but for some reason, that usually straightforward process seems to have hit a snag. For many, selecting pre-register on a Play Store app listing doesn't actually appear to do anything. On refresh, the relevant button flips right back to say "pre-register" again.

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Play Store site redesign now rolling out to everyone

Earlier this month, Google began testing a new design for the Play Store's website. While the larger screenshots and dedicated review pages were much-needed changes, there were a few annoying regressions. Google switched image formats (from WebP to PNG/JPEG), causing screenshots to load slower, and navigating through the site was more difficult.

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