Google is now pushing out updates to both the Google Play Store and the Google Search app. Let's start with the Play Store update, which is by far the more significant of the two. The new version of the Google Play Store brings the app up to v.4.6.16 and includes a number of new features and tweaks that are sure to please power users. Here's a rundown of what's inside, courtesy of Android Police:
That's a pretty beefy update, no? The ability to select how often Google Play will ask your password for purchases will come in handy for folks that give their phone out to others frequently, like a parent giving a device to a child, and the ability to batch install apps will be useful when folks get a new Android phone. The force update option is another nice addition that will appeal those of us that drop everything at the news that an app update is available.
The Google Search app is also receiving an update today that adds support for cricket to Google Now, just in time for the ICC World Twenty20 championship. Also included is the ability to display traffic incidents on a route, support for setting reminders for chains and "Ok Google" hotword functionality for German and French.
As is usually the case with updates, expect these new versions of the Google Play Store and Google Search to slowly roll out to users over the next week or so.
UPDATE: Google has also started pushing out an update to the Google Maps for Android app. The update brings with it the ability to view upcoming events and performances, tap and hold anywhere on a map to drop a pin and save or share that location and some unspecified bug fixes. You can find Google Maps for Android in the Play Store right here.