The Google Play Store has removed the ability for users to see when apps were last updated. The feature is standard in most mobile app stores as it serves as a useful tool for mobile owners to stay informed about their software, but now Android users are kept in the dark. Although other information such as file size and version number are still publicly available in the Google Play Store, the removal of the “last updated” feature from the UI has puzzled many users.
This change appears to have been a long time coming as Google tested the waters in November by removing the feature for some users, but it was welcomed by fans. After testing, the feature was brought back, and it looked like the Play Store was back to normal for good, but as of now, the “latest update” section is gone for all Android users.
Removing such crucial information is a strange decision, as many users check the update frequency of apps before downloading them to see how well they are supported. Users who have already downloaded apps will also check the store regularly to see if the long-awaited updates have gone live. Providing such information keeps users informed and doesn’t seem to have any downsides, but despite that, the feature just disappeared.
However, those worried about the missing feature aren’t entirely out of luck. Although the Play Store no longer displays the information in the app, it is still available in the browser version. Anyone looking for it can jump to a computer (or just use their mobile browser) and find the information under user reviews in the “Additional Information” section. It’s currently unclear how long the Play Store’s browser version will retain the feature, but it’s still up for now.
Android users had a similar reaction to the change as they did during its November 2021 test. Many took to Reddit to voice their grievances, and some even considered switching to Apple products, citing the Google Play Store change like a drop of water that broke the camel’s back. When comparing the two app stores, the iOS App Store provides much of the same information as the Play Store, but keeps a detailed record of app changes and when they were rolled out.