Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

The new API gives developers two new ways to update their apps.

Meanwhile, the developer can ensure that they have done everything that they can to ensure that users have the most up to date version because the app can be pushed to install in the background using the automatic updates feature. The API will give developers a couple options when it comes to updates.

Thanks to a new API that Google announced this week during the Android Dev Summit, developers will soon have the power to force users to update apps, which we think is a good thing.

You can grab the Files app from here (note: at the time of this writing the Play Store hadnt updated yet). Originally created to help Android users in certain countries that do not have a lot of storage on their mobile devices, the app was quickly adopted worldwide.

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But Google noted that the app has grown to 30 million monthly users, some of which were using powerful phones with plenty of storage. This, and the fact that you're now allowed to use the app until the update is complete, suggests that this method will be used for critical updates like bug fixes and security hole plugs.

Sure, the Play Store isn't ideal and you can still install a malicious app once in a while, but Google says that "Android devices that only download apps from Google Play are 9 times less likely to get a PHA than devices that download apps from other sources".

With a flexible in-app update, there is no full-screen update message.

This API is now in testing with select developers and will be available to all Google Play developers soon.

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