Earlier this year, Google removed app update notifications from the Play Store, leading to a flood of criticism from Android users around the world. This means that users no longer receive app update notifications on their devices, which is a big problem for many people, given that apps tend to update silently in the background. Soon after, an app appeared on the Play Store to restore the feature to users who lacked it.
Now, it looks like Google is changing its position on the feature, and it’s expected that the update, which is important for many people, will be restored. Screenshots sent to Android Police by some of the whistleblowers show the Play Store showing a notification of all app updates being installed on their device. This feature appears on a Pixel 3a running an Android 11 beta, and the Play Store version is 20.7.16-all .0.317546459.
This is likely to be Google’s switch inge on the server side specifically for some devices to test the return of the feature, as the latest version of the Play Store does not restore app update notifications on all Android phones. Of course, we also don’t know whether Google is restoring the Play Store app update notification, or simply by mistake.