Google Play is a unique app given that it comes pre-installed on Android devices. Yes, it does receive updates and such just like other applications but it comes specifically bundled with a new Android device.
Although Android users can install many apps through third-party means, the Play Store is the go-to source to get not just apps but also books, music, magazines, movies and television programs. All software is released in versions and the latest one for the Play Store is 7.2.13 which was released on November 10, 2016.
If you haven’t updated Google Play Store on your phone, you should do it now. Yes, some changes might be more related to visuals and aesthetics but some do include security changes that protect your privacy. Remember that depending on your setup, you could either have a credit card listed in your Settings for Play Store or not – and that is private information. You don’t want anyone getting access to that, and one of the ways to ensure that happens is to update the version of your Play Store.
What’s nice about the Play Store is that the applications that get listed are compatible with your device. This means you won’t run into that problem of actually starting to download the app then being told it couldn’t run on your device. That annoyance has been eliminated as the Play Store app can detect what Android version you currently have.
And besides, if you need an application that isn’t listed in the Play Store, you could always go to a third-party provider. That’s the beauty of an Android system: being able to choose from a list of pre-selected apps or having the choice of installing your own.
All that said, even though you device prompts you to update your Play Store and the changes are all aesthetics, you should still do the update. It’s just being a responsible user.