What you need to know

  • Google’s latest Play Store version shows signs of a new “parallel download” feature, which would let users download and install multiple apps simultaneously.
  • The feature appears to have limitations, such as its lack of support for app updates and the fact that users can only download two apps at once.
  • This “parallel” feature was discovered several years ago in an apparent Google test but never arrived on Android.

The latest deep dive appears to show Google’s ongoing development of a new simultaneous download feature for multiple apps.

According to AssembleDebug (TheSpAndroid), a peek into the Play Store’s latest 40.0.13 version showed evidence of a new “parallel download” function (via Android Authority). Enabling the appropriate flags produced the feature’s ability to download more than one app at a time instead of forcing a user to wait.

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