By Stephen Schenck | November 19, 2012 3:22 PM
Digging into Google app updates has always been a good way of getting a little bit of a preview of new features shortly before they go live, and if the latest Play Store update to arrive is any indication, Google could have a bunch of changes waiting in the wings this time around, as well. The team over at Android Police recently tore apart the newest Play Store APK, hoping to reveal some of the changes Google’s been working on.
Google’s been stepping up its game when it comes to malware in the Play Store, and that trend appears to continue here. The APK shows signs of Google implementing a feature to let users flag apps as specifically harmful, rather than one of the other categories for marking an app as objectionable.
Google+ looks to be rising in prominence within the Play Store, and evidence suggests that Google will soon be requiring users to have Google+ profiles should they wish to submit any Play Store app reviews. There are also signs that the app could be getting new Google+ sharing features, perhaps to share the reviews themselves.
Other changes include support for pre-orders, and possibly a visual overhaul to more closely mirror the web-based Play Store.
Source: Android Police