Google Play removes Android app model numbers

In response to user criticism, Google Play is giving back a list of program permissionshowever, another weird store change removes version numbers from the app info section.

Historically, you could find the version number by opening the “About this app” section of the listing and scrolling down to “App info,” where it was the first item in the line.

As of today, “Version” is no longer displayed there (or in the “Compatibility with active devices” section of the phone) and instead has “Updated” at the top. This information is no longer available for phone-only versions of the apps. Interestingly, this remains for Wear OS and Android/Google TV apps.

Meanwhile, version numbers still to appear on the Google Play website. This issue doesn’t seem to be related to (or only affecting) apps that only mark “Depends on device”.

This looks like a bug to us, not an intentional removal. It doesn’t make sense to get rid of a version that’s only for phones and not for smartwatches or TVs. Maybe Google was only trying to remove one of the two cases, but accidentally got rid of both.

Regardless of the reason, requiring users to use an OS-level app info page is not ideal, nor is it ideal to be unable to see the version number before updating (if there are bugs).

We first noticed the removal yesterday with the latest beta version of the Google app. The version number is gone with the 31.6.13-21 version of the Play Store, which is also responsible for the extensive new Google Play icon.

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