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Google Play Store is your one-stop shop for anything and everything Android apps. Its accessibility and user-friendliness make it easy to download and install apps on mobile devices. But with more changes in the platform, access to apps for both users and developers is about to become easier.

Show installed apps

With all the apps installed on your mobile phone or device, it may be hard to keep track of which apps you already have installed. Unless, of course, if you know exactly what you want to download. But what if you’re only browsing through the apps list, searching for another app to install?

In the past, you may need to keep a list of installed apps, so you know which ones to skip. But with the addition of the ‘Show installed apps’ switch, any apps you already have on your mobile device will show in search results. This narrows down your options, giving you an idea as to which apps you can download and install.

The new toggle switch appears on all tabs under Top charts, such as Top Free Apps and Top Free Games.

Private Channel

This feature is designed for easy management and distribution of custom Android apps in Play Store. Enterprises can easily custom develop apps and distribute in-house. Apps administrators, on the other hand, will be able to host internal Android apps and control individual or groups of users’ access.

Organizations that will take advantage of the Private Channel feature will also enjoy additional benefits, especially in terms of security. That is, they can set up user authentication and detection for malware and virus.

This feature is set to be released on 31 January 2017.

With a commitment to improving Play Store recommendations and user experience, expect more changes to be rolled out in the near future. The tech giant has previously announced device certification to be added to the Play Store.