When we first heard about Google’s decision to somewhat radically rebrand many of its services under the Google Play moniker, it seemed like the only thing that would really be changing about the Android Market was its name. As we’ve experienced in the weeks since, though, it seems that a whole bunch of little bugs have popped-up around the same time as the transition. First there were problems with software that was hard-coded to expect the old Android Market. We recently talked about the issue some Samsung users were having with the Google Play store installing apps without their permission, thanks to some confused app update behavior. Today, we’re learning about another problem with the new Google Play market, where some users can no longer see some previously-purchased apps.
Users affected by this issue report that, when going to check out their list of installed apps within the Google Play store, some that they’ve already bought and installed no longer appear on the list. If they manually pull up one of these apps, the store makes it appear as if it was never purchased.
One of the most annoying aspects of this odd behavior is that there’s not yet any apparent pattern to it. Users from all over the globe are running into it, and we still don’t know what the trigger is.
The good news is that Google seems on top of things. It lists the bug among known Google Play issues, and the fact that the description is with a list of recently fixed issues, instead of ongoing ones, suggests Google may already be in the process of correcting whatever’s causing this.