Google Play remote apps management

I think we can all agree that the Google camp in Mountain View has been working hard this week. In addition to the unveiling of its new Nexus 7 and Nexus Q, the company has been rolling out all kinds of software, including the Google Chrome browser for Android (now out of beta), and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK.

It has also been making some changes to the Google Play store. The latest update allows you to manage your Android applications for all of your devices remotely from your PC. Under the 'My Android Apps' section of Google Play, you can now select one of your Android devices, and then install new apps and updates without even touching the handset itself.

And it doesn't stop there; you also have the ability to remove applications you no longer want — making it easier than ever to spring clean and remove all of those unused apps that you've been meaning to delete for months, all from the comfort of your web browser.

There are a couple of caveats, however: As you may expect, you still cannot uninstall preloaded carrier or system apps, and you cannot update your apps in bulk — which means you must click 'update', then 'update' again inside another menu, and then 'ok' to confirm. This does slow the process down a little, so unless you don't have immediate access to your handset, it's probably quicker to perform updates on the device itself.

[via TechCrunch]