After initial testing during the Android 12 beta period last May, Google Play will now show the progress of new app installs right on your home screen. This behavior mimics iOS and was previously limited to restoring from a backup on Android.
After pressing the green “Install” button in the Play Store, you will notice that a black and white version of this requested app will appear on your next open home screen with a progress ring and “Downloading…” – unsurprisingly truncated – label. This only works for new app installs and not for updates.
At any time, you can tap to directly open the Google Play list and cancel. Once this phase is completed, it moves to “Installation…” and the complete icon will appear.
As usual, the Play Store can only download one app at a time, but “Waiting…” apps are quickly added to your home screen, but not the main app list. A nice touch lets you immediately rearrange icons as they appear.
This is especially useful for large downloads and/or slow internet connections. Users with lots of alerts are more likely to notice this splash screen indicator compared to the regular notification.
Play Store install progress appears to be fully rolling out to Android 11+ devices (Pixel and non-Google phones) we checked today (h/t Artem Russakovski on Twitter). There have been reports that more users started seeing the feature about a month ago, but wide availability only happened in recent days.
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