Google Play Store update delivering tweaked reviews, in-app purchase notices

Last time we were talking about changes to the Google Play Store, we were looking at some reorganization that really only affected tablet users. Now there’s a new version of the app on its way out to Android fans, and this time the improvements will be felt by smartphone owners, as well. Let’s look at what’s new:

A big focus of this update is tweaking how you create, edit, and access user reviews. For apps you’ve yet to rate, the stars rankings Google offers you to choose from are displayed much more prominently. And then, after you’ve posted a review, controls to edit what you had to say are easier to access, and there’s also a new option to delete a review. You’ll also notice some small UI changes, like how user avatars are now displayed in a cropped-out circle, rather than the full squares that previously appeared.

Apps that will offer you the opportunity to make in-app purchases are now marked as such, alerting you before you even download. For as much as developers might like it, the “freemium” model can be an annoying one to put up with, and it’s easy to understand why some users might elect to just steer clear of such apps altogether.

If you’re on Google+, you’ll notice a lot of new social integration, with an activity feed that lets users keep tabs on what their friends have been up to in the Play Store.

Look for this 4.5.10 Play Store update to come to your Android device soon.

Source: Android Police

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