Is there a way to change the name of an application on Google Play app store?

Issue

I submitted an app to the app store last year and I found out a few weeks ago the name is being used for something similar. Is there a way to change the name of the app?

UPDATE:
In AIR you an application has an application descriptor file. In the application descriptor file is the Android manifest.

In the application descriptor file change the name attribute (leave the id the same):

<application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/3.6">

    <id>com.mycompany.myAppID</id>
    <filename>MyApplicationFile</filename>
    <name>My Application Name</name>

At first I thought that you needed to change the “android:label” attribute on the application tag in the Android specific section as shown:

<android>
    <manifestAdditions><![CDATA[
        <manifest android:installLocation="auto">
            <uses-sdk android:targetSdkVersion="12"/>
            <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="8"/>
            <application android:label="My Application Name"></application>
        </manifest>
    ]]></manifestAdditions>
</android>

But when I did that I would get an error, “error 404: Android attribute android:label is not allowed to be overridden”. I’m guessing the AIR compiler is setting that attribute through the name property.

In Android on the device the name has been changed. However, I have yet to upload this to GooglePlay. I think I need to change the application product name there as well.

UPDATE
Answer: Change the name property.

<application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/3.6">

    <id>com.mycompany.myAppID</id>
    <filename>MyApplicationFile</filename>
    <name>Application Name Can Change</name>

You cannot change the ID as mentioned in an answer but you can change the name. I changed the name, created a new build, uploaded it to the Google app store and it has changed on the Google app store successfully.

Solution

It turns out that all I had to do to change the name of the app is to change the name property in the application descriptor file.

Before:

<application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/3.6">

    <id>com.mycompany.myAppID</id>
    <filename>MyApplicationFile</filename>
    <name>My Application Name</name>

</application>

After:

<application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/3.6">

    <id>com.mycompany.myAppID</id>
    <filename>MyApplicationFile</filename>
    <name>My Shiny New Application Name</name>

</application>

I changed the name, created a new build and package, uploaded it to Google app store and published. I changed the name of the Google app store listing a few minutes after upload. When the app changes went live the app name was changed. The app may have been in draft mode but I think I published it on accident before changing the name in the store. Either way it’s updated.

The app ID shows up in some locations and lists and there is nothing you can do AFAIK to change it after it has been submitted to some app stores except submit a new app with that ID.

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