Google Play Books for Android updated, fixes “over 90 issues” and improves UI

Daniel Bader

March 1, 2013 11:04am

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Google has updated its Play Books app with a few nice improvements, some great speed increases and a new list view for your purchased books. You can also filter based on book type, which is a nice way of narrowing down a story in a long list.

Mainly the app has received a much-needed speed boost; flipping through pages is easily the smoothest on the platform, utilizing RenderScript and OpenGL to mimic the careful fold of a page. Unfortunately, the app still doesn’t allow you to import your own books, something even iBooks for iOS allows.

If you’re entrenched in the Google Play Books ecosystem, this is a fantastic update; if not, move along, nothing to see here.

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  • Rashmika fernando from srilanka

    What a phone. Samsung galaxy note 2. Incredible creative.

    • Mexico Ron

      Have they fixed the “flaw” which results in Google Play sending all of your personal info to developers when you buy their apps? I’d prefer to not worry about a developer stalker when I leave a bad review.

    • Legendary

      Mexico Ron, that’s not a flaw, that’s a standard credit card transaction.

      Unlike with iOS, you’re not buying the apps from Apple, you’re buying the apps from the developer.

    • Mexico Ron

      Um no. Google Play is acting as the facilitator of the payment. They are the store front. You go buy underwear at The Bay, jockey doesn’t get your credit card info and home address. You go buy lube at Shoppers, Trojan doesn’t get your name and phone number. There is no reason for google to then give the level of information they do to the developers. None.

  • Rashmika fernando from srilanka

    I just want samsung galaxy note phone.

  • Craig Borrowman

    If I can’t side load my own books to a reader, that’s a deal breaker.

  • Val

    Why can’t we IMPORT our OWN books??? #fail

  • 99roxah

    Apple doesn’t need fixes because iOS is perfect.