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Google Play Store Testing Simultaneous App Downloads, Updates: Report

Google Play Store lets you download and update apps on Android

Highlights
  • Google Play Store could finally allow simultaneous downloads
  • The server-side change is rolling out gradually
  • Apart from downloads, the Play Store is important for delivering updates

Google Play Store is an important tool for anyone with an Android smartphone. It allows users to download and update popular apps, and is the biggest marketplace for apps on the Android platform. Now, the Play Store itself could be getting an important update, which will allow the users to download and update multiple apps simultaneously, thus fixing a major limitation that has existed for years now. Google is said to be testing the feature, and it could eventually roll out for all users in the coming weeks.

Till now, downloading or updating apps on Android has been a time-intensive process, primarily because the Google Play Store only allowed one app to be downloaded or updated at a time. This was particularly bothersome, because a single intensive download or update would hold up other downloads. A report by Android Police now suggests that Google is implementing a server-side change for this, which will roll out gradually.

The change is already visible for some users, who are able to download or update multiple apps simultaneously. Selecting ‘Update All' or manually updating multiple apps now shows downloads take place simultaneously - a key change that has been a long time coming. We tried this ourselves but weren't able to download or update multiple apps together, so it could be a while before the feature reaches everyone.

The report also suggest that Google has activated internal app sharing and implemented a new interface for Google Play Protect. It now shows which apps were recently scanned for harmful behaviour, a move that will help users download and use apps that are safe.

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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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