Google is busy with the updates right now. The Play Store app just got bumped to version 4.5 and has introduced a couple of really nice new features. Subtle features, but nice. We've got the APK link below and a quick guide if you've never installed an APK directly to your device before. But first I'm sure you want to know what these nice little changes are, and how many of them are there?
Better review settings
Google wants your feedback. So in v4.5 the option to rate an app is emblazoned across the screen just below the essential details if you haven't already rated it. If you have rated it, your profile picture will now appear in a circle (be gone squares!) along with your rating and a convenient edit button, which allows you to change your rating, add or edit a summary or comments, and save or delete your rating entirely.
In-app purchase alert
Probably the most useful change is a notification in the app information that informs you whether or not the app you're contemplating installing is going to start bombarding you with in-app purchases. While they are easy enough to dodge as it is, some people will appreciate the information being delivered up front. The notification appears just above the file size, where the last updated date used to be (and still is for apps without in-app purchases). It's not particularly elegant to no longer know when an app was last updated if it has in-app purchases, but at least Google is trying.
Google+ Activity Feed
If you so choose, everything you do on the Play Store can now be linked to your Google+ profile, so whenever you +1 or rate an app, it will appear in a nice little Play Store micro profile that links to your full sized Google+ profile. When people you know rate and comment on Play Store content, their recommendations will become much more apparent, helping you make better choices based on the feedback of your friends and circles.
Install the Google Play Store v4.5.10 APK
1. First go into your device's Settings menu, enter your Security settings and tick the box for ''Allow Unknown Sources''.
3. Open the downloaded APK (run a scan on it first if you wish). If you saved the APK on your phone, open it (if you saved it onto your computer, transfer the APK to your phone via a USB cable and then open it).
4. The update requires no new permissions, so just hit ''Install'' and wait for the app to do its thing. Once it's finished, open it up and check out the changes to the Play Store. Don't forget to go back into your device's Security settings and uncheck ''Unknown Sources'' (if you want to).
How do you like these little changes to the Play Store? Do you appreciate the imporvements?