Play Store listings on mobile now note required ‘Android OS’

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After widely rolling out iOS-style install indicators on the home screen, Google now specifies which version of “Android OS” is needed to install an app from the Play Store.

Going to the “App Info” section (under “About This App”) of a Play Store listing today reveals that “Android OS” is now a line item alongside Version, Updated the, Downloads, Offered by, Published on and App permissions.

Google simply notes which version of Android is needed to install an app. This information has long been available on play.google.com under “Requires Android”. On the web, ads often use “Varies with device”, but the mobile version is more specific and knows about APK variants.

Adding “OS” after “Android” seems somewhat peculiar and something that Google doesn’t do too often in user-facing marketing or functionality. This is of course reminiscent of Chrome OS, Wear OS and Android TV OS.

This was recently rolled out and wasn’t there at the beginning of the month. It is widely available with version 29.2.13 of Google Play Store today.

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