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Google whips up Marshmallow-friendly update for Google Play Store

Derek Walter | Sept. 10, 2015
The newest build has a lot of forthcoming features hidden in the code, such as the ability to use your fingerprint to authorize purchases.

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Credit: Derek Walter

Android Marshmallow isn’t quite here yet, but Google is already doing the necessary prep work with its core apps.

The 5.9 update for the Google Play Store doesn’t change much up on the surface, by an APK teardown by Android Police reveals a lot of code for Marshmallow features. For example, those using the Android Marshmallow developer preview should see the new permission model, which lets you approve specific device permissions when you use those features for the first time inside an app.

Also, there’s a hint of integration with fingerprint readers, which could allow you to authorize an app purchase without the need to input the password. 

Also, Google is at work on a new uninstall manager that would help you more easily pare down your storage space. With 4K video capability in more phones and games that take up a ton of storage, this could be a useful feature for freeing up space.

Lastly, there’s code that indicates some type of GPS-precise recommendations. There’s not much else to go on, but perhaps this could turn out much like the App Store’s ability to recommend apps based on your location.

Your Play Store app should update on its own, or you can grab it now from APK Mirror.

Why this matters: Even before Google launches a new version of Android, much of the prep work takes place to make sure the core apps are compatible. Such is the case with the Play Store, which will get some needed improvements with fingerprint scanner use and a better permission model. 


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