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Five things Google can do to fix the Play Store

Derek Walter | April 20, 2016
Google's digital storefront is lovely, but there are some areas the company could shore up for an even smoother experience.

Wait, what? It just seems odd that in 2016 they can't just flip a switch and make something live much faster than the current staggered-rollout system. This is the whole reason sites like APK Mirror exist—there’s an excessive wait for new app updates to roll out.

It should take less than an hour for app updates to distribute across the global Google Play distribution network, and no device should have to wait more than a couple hours before the latest version is available to it.

I’ve also found that when I restart the Play Store app or my phone, there will magically be a series of updates that weren’t there before, even though I just checked. It’s all an inconsistent process, and it could certainly be smoothed out, given how important it is to have the latest version in order to improve an app’s stability or security. 

The Play Store does a lot right, especially features like allowing developers to respond to a review and how you can install an app directly the web. But it can definitely get better, and these little annoyances are good places where Google could start.

 

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