It just might be that this writer is in the minority, but yours has always preferred to call the Android app storefront the Android Market instead of the Google Play Store. The change was made in March 2012 as Google sought to unify the Android Market and Google into one brand. Only two years before the name change, the Android Market contained only 30,000 applications, against 10,000 in September 2010 and 16,000 in December 2010.
19 months later, the Android Market was home to half a million apps, and Android was on its way to becoming the most popular mobile operating system on the planet. At last count, there are over 2.5 million apps in the Google Play Store.
9to5Google reports that accessing the Google Play Store through a server-side update is a new, quick and easy way to make sure your Android phone is running the latest version of the Play Store. Just open the app and tap on the profile picture on the right side of the search bar at the top of the screen. From there, press Settings > On and when you scroll down to the bottom of the screen, you will see the words “Update Play Store” in green text.
Server-side update lets you quickly check for an update from the Google Play Store
Tap this link and if your Play Store version is the most recent available, you will receive a message saying “Google Play Store is up to date”. If you need to update the app, you will be given the option. While not all Android or even Pixel users have received this update, we are seeing it (as you can see in the image we included with this post) on our old Pixel 2 XL under Android 11.
Before adding this feature, tap on the version number from the About screen to check if your Android phone was sitting on an update for the Play Store. The problem is, unless you knew it, there wouldn’t be any reason for you or anyone else to press the version number on the About screen. It’s worth pointing out that the newly added link has been placed right under the Play Store version number.