Google Play Store removes version numbers from Android app listings

Google Play Store removes version numbers from Android app listings

In response to user criticism, Google Play is bringing the list of app permissions back, but another curious Store change shows the version number being removed from the App Info section. 

Previously, you could find the version number by opening the "About this app" section of the list and scrolling down to "App info" on the first line. 

Starting today, "Version" no longer appears here (or in the phone section of "Compatibility for your active devices") and "Updated" at the top. This information disappears only for the phone version of the app. It's still available for Wear OS and Android/Google TV apps. 

Meanwhile, the version number still appears on the Google Play website. This issue doesn't seem to be related to apps (or just impact)  that only note "Varies by device". 

To us, this looks more like a bug than an intentional removal. It doesn't make sense to get rid of the phone-only version and not for smartwatches or TVs. It's possible that Google was just trying to remove one of the two but accidentally removed both.

Google Play Store Version Numbers

Whatever the reason, it's not ideal to require users to use the application info page at the operating system level, nor to look at the version number before updating (in case the version has bugs). 

We first noticed this removal yesterday with the latest Google apps beta. The version number disappeared with the Play Store version 31.6.13-21, which was also the cause for the large-scale implementation of the new Google Play icon.