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Google Play Store Update
Updated September 2014
Things are always changing at the Play Store! Browse this dispatch to see what's new or what's changed from the time my book went to press and what's happened with the latest Play Store update.
Google Play Store
The first screen you see on the Play Store is shown below.
The categories are color-coded, as shown atop the screen in Figure 1.
Browse for Apps
The browsing screens are shown here.
Choose app categories from the far left panel: Keep swiping left until you see the Categories appear.
Along the top of the screen you see the app types, such as Top Paid, Free, and so on. To find something specific, choose a category first, then select an item from the top of the screen to see what's popular, cheap, or best-selling.
And, of course, you can still search for an app, just as described in the book.
Get an App
The method you use to get an app hasn't changed, but the screen has. Now there is an Install button for free apps and a Price button (with the amount in your local currency) for paid apps. The app's main screen is more descriptive as well:
After touching the Install or Price button you'll see the app's permissions screen. Touch the Accept button to get the app.
For paid apps, you can choose your credit card or other payment method. If you don't yet have a credit card set up with Google Checkout you have to input credit card information. Touch the Buy button to get a paid app.
When you find yourself dithering over whether to blow 99¢ on a game, you can save your worries for later by placing the game into your wish list. The process works the same for any paid app:
Review your wishlist by choosing the My Wishlist command from the Navigation Drawer. Touch an item to view its information in the Play Store, then touch that price button to buy the app! Or you can just keep the items in your wish list.
To remove an item from the wish list, touch the Wishlist button again.
Reviewing Your Apps
To review your apps, display the navigation drawer (shown in Figure 1) and choose the My Apps item. You may have to touch the Apps icon a few times before you get to the top level, where the navigation drawer is found.
Your apps appear under two tabs: Installed and All.
The Installed screen shows the apps you've downloaded from the Play Store and installed on your Android device. The All screen shows all the apps you've ever obtained from the Play Store, whether they're installed on the device or not.
Sharing and Recommending Apps
The People item, added to the navigation drawer in April 2014, lets you use Google+ to recommend apps, see what your friends recommend, or fetch recommendations from others. To use it, choose People from the navigation drawer. You'll see an image similar to Figure 4.
Scroll through the list of apps to see what your Google+ friends are using or recommend.
To make your own recommendations, visit an app's screen in the Play Store, and rate the app, giving it from one to five stars.