According to the folks Android Police, the Google Play Store is showing some strange behaviour. Many threads on Reddit have posted today, that are not seeing any notifications after apps were automatically updated.
It is initially assumed, that it may be a bug. The lack of confirmation notifications for updated apps is a deliberate change by the company’s engineers, likely aimed at reducing the notification spam from the Play Store — a Google spokesperson has confirmed.
However, having your phone ping every time this happens may also get a little annoying, but it’s nice to know which apps have automatically been updated. It seems Google is erring on the side of caution here and has decided that telling users every time an app has been updated is probably not very useful.
The Google Play Store offers a choice for users between automatically updating apps when connected to a Wi-Fi network or asking for permission before downloading an app update – on capped connections.
And while confirmations, after an app has already been updated, maybe going away, Google is likely not going to remove these notifications asking for a user’s permission before downloading app updates like a change to those could affect users’ data plans or hamper their ability to know when an app update has become available.
However, some users have reported that they’ve also stopped receiving the latter type of notifications and are not being informed of app updates as they become available.