It is both a mistake or a transfer to do away with changelogs altogether


App updates have develop into boring. Previously, new releases would nearly all the time carry new options to your favourite Android cellphone, however lately, they largely provide bug fixes and modifications within the background solely. Larger options are as an alternative launched in server-side rollouts and as a part of a/b assessments. Lots of people nonetheless recognize understanding what an app replace brings, if builders care to fill in useful particulars. These days may be counted, as Google was noticed eradicating changelogs from the Play Retailer on the net altogether.

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Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii spotted the lack of changelogs on all apps he checked on the Play Retailer on the net, and there wasn’t any hint left of them. For instance, the Google app solely provides the “About this app” part of previous and a word when it was final up to date, however with none additional changelog particulars. In distinction to that, the Google app nonetheless exhibits the nice previous (albeit generic) changelog on the Play Retailer for telephones.

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This is not an remoted incident, both. From what we are able to collect, changelogs are gone for everybody utilizing the Play Retailer on the net, whereas they continue to be out there on telephones. On condition that changelogs usually aren’t crammed out with useful info anymore, this won’t be an enormous loss, nevertheless it’s a bummer for these builders who nonetheless fill out the part with useful info for the few those that care.

This is not Google’s first assault on changelogs. Again in March 2022, the corporate briefly eliminated the “final up to date” part from app listings together with the “What’s new” part. After backlash and media protection, Google was pressured to backtrack on this determination.

Eradicating the final up to date info makes it notably onerous to gauge whether or not an app continues to be underneath lively improvement or not, so the one optimistic factor about this yr’s change is that this element is now extra distinguished. It stays to be seen whether or not Google will keep on with its weapons this time or if this was an unintentional rollout affecting many individuals.

We have reached out to Google for clarification and are awaiting a response.