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-4.6.16.apk
Version: 4.6.16 (Android 2.2+).
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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 This will come in super handy for fresh OS installs that ship with outdated Play Stores.
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.
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?
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=”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>
Add buttons are now blue, the names are bold, and there’s a white border around the profile image:
For those of you with multiple accounts, the account selector looks a bit different now and no longer makes all the nav items disappear:
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)