Aug 15th, 2012

We’ve been talking about for years now, and following the transformation of the media rich Android Market into the Google Play Store, it seems Google is finally ready to give us what we want — gift cards. Today the Play Store was updated to version 3.8.15 and while changes weren’t immediately apparent, a quick decompiling of the .apk revealed a few hidden images, giving us a good indication that Google will soon be bringing bringing gift cards to the Play Store. But that’s not all…

I’ve been screaming since the G1 days for Google to finally add some kind of bookmarking for apps in the Play Store (then Android Market). I literally have hundreds of of apps listed in an Evernote folder with an endless amount of lists for apps I wasn’t quite sure about downloading — or didn’t work with my then Android device — in hopes that I would later revisit and give ’em a good install. Well, hidden inside this new version of the Play Store were, once again, hidden .png’s referencing “Wishlists,” along with some code.

Download Google Play Store 3.8.15

Exciting? You better freakin’ believe it. The addition of Wishlists and finally being able to buy friends and family gift cards for use in the Play Store is something the Play Store has been desperately lacking for ages (and will help it better compete against rival market places). It is time. Let’s cross our fingers that the next update will finally separate our previously installed paid apps, from the free ones. Thanks, Googs!

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