The Play Store has been more on the news than usual lately, but this time for a positive reason. The latest version of the app shows that Google is working on a few changes to the My Apps section of the Play Store, including the ability for users to send apps to friends offline using peer-to-peer file sharing.
The company began experimenting with similar app sharing between devices back in 2018. File managers like SHAREit and Files Go were among the first apps to implement support for this feature. A fresh rollout of the Google Play Store app shows that Google is bringing these features into its own store. Users first choose an app to share (but probably not paid apps).
Similar to nearby sharing, the Play Store allows users to choose from a list of nearby devices. As soon as both users open the Play Store and decide to connect, the connection is established and the app is transmitted via a combination of Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi Direct.
The process is still under development but already looks promising.
There are also some changes to the My Apps section, including renaming the page to Manage Apps and Devices and organizing it into two sections: Overview and Manage. The overview provides a quick picture of apps that need updating, storage space, and user ratings and ratings. The Manage tab allows users to view apps in their library and filter them by various options, such as: B. for currently not installed apps and games.
Most of the changes are welcome. Those of us who love to see change logs may need to prep our pitchforks as it looks like updates are buried and will take another tap or two to access.
Left: Current design Correct: The WIP revision
P2P app sharing may not be ready to go just yet, but it has the potential to be a great addition that could make Android a lot more convenient, especially for those of us who live in rural areas without access to fast internet to download apps Life. However, you still need to have friends for P2P sharing to work.