Google regularly tests new functionality in the Play Store and it can often be difficult to keep track of all the different experiments that it runs there. A new one has now been spotted which shows that the company is testing simultaneous downloads. What that means is that more than one app will download at the same time from the Play Store, something that doesn’t happen currently.
The Play Store only downloads one app at a time. So if you have a lot of apps on your phone and most of them need an update, the device will take its time to download one app completely before moving on to the next.
It goes without saying that Google should have enabled simultaneously downloading of apps in the Play Store years ago. Nevertheless, it’s a good sign that the company is considering it now and one can only hope that this feature goes beyond testing and is actually released to users.
This can be particularly useful when there’s a hefty download up ahead in the queue of other smaller apps. They can thus get updated while the huge app or game takes its time to download. Google can enable this for users through a server-side change but it doesn’t seem to have done that for everyone just yet.
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