Google Play Store gets better password-protection options, batch installs, more

We may be a couple days past Google’s big app-update-palooza earlier this week, but we’ve still got a couple new updates to check out today, and this first one seems incredibly timely, with a new version of Google Play addressing (among other things) a lawsuit we talked about a few days back.

As you may recall, Google was facing heat over how it handled in-app purchases, with parents complaining that it was too easy for kids to make unauthorized payments. Today’s update lets you disable passwords entirely, enter it once and have a 30-minute grace period where further purchases don’t require additional authentication, or now the one parents are going to want to enable, forcing passwords for every single purchase. You’ll also see in-app purchases mentioned on the permission screen when first installing an app.

The new password settings are just the tip of the iceberg. We also see the ability to select multiple apps under “My Apps” and install them all in one go. Help and Settings migrate over to the nav drawer, some text strings get reworded for clarity, and +1 counters no longer round off. There’s also some minor layout tweaking, improved support for multiple accounts, and an easy way to check to make sure you’re running the latest version of the Play Store itself. Look for this update to hit you in the days to come.

Source: Android Police

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