Google Play Store Updated For Android Marshmallow Support

With Android Marshmallow only days or weeks away from release, Google is starting to pave the way for it with updates to their various apps and services.  One update that is rolling out now is the Google Play Store app for Android phones and tablets.  The update is build 5.9.11 for those keeping score at home and it has an improved look to it as well as underlying services to improve the overall functionality of the store as it relates to Android Marshmallow.

The update is rolling out in the Google Play Store now so it may take a few days for it to hit your devices.

The two hints that the update to the Google Play Store is aimed at Marshmallow the dialog that tells you that an app you have selected in the store is designed to work with Android Marshmallow.  There are also new permissions around SMS and contacts you will see on many apps which really come down to new permissions requirements developers have to use in their apps.

Second, there is support for Fingerprint Readers in this update.  This is something new and with the rumors of the next Nexus phone, the Nexus 5, having a fingerprint reader, it only makes sense

Google Play Store for Android
Google Play Store for Android

that this would be included in the update.  While other phones on the market have a fingerprint reader, to this point you have not been able to make a purchase in the store with your fingerprint.  That, it appears at least, is changing with this update.

Finally, there are improvements to the overall look and feel of the Google Play Store.  If you look at the screenshot to the right, you will note that the News & Magazines App section is much larger than the New + Update section.  This is to highlight these apps and will rotate as you access the store.

Again you should start seeing this update to the Google Play Store in the coming days to your devices.  Then it is just a question of when (or if) Android Marshmallow will come to them.

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