Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

In order to give users and Android developers more controls to ensure the App compatibility across all devices, Google has added new In-app Updates API to the Android system. The API provides a couple of options to Android developers to push latest updates to their apps. Google aims to support the new form factors in Android. "[But] we've noticed that people across the globe are using it, no matter what type of mobile phone they have or how fast their internet connection is".

You can grab the Files app from here (note: at the time of this writing the Play Store hadnt updated yet).

Google is giving Android developers a new application programming interface (API) that lets them force users into updating to the latest version of their app. There is no specific date mentioned by Google as to when we will see the API in use on Android apps.

Right now, the in-app update API is being tested through the Android Google Chrome app and with select partnered developers, but Google plans to expand that early access program in the near future.

According to the example provided by Google, the first one - called "immediate in-app update" - will also have an on-screen pop up, letting you know that an update is available.

The other option is what Google is calling a flexible update.

Android device makers, led by Samsung, are expected to start releasing foldable phones next year.

Its not just a simple rebranding, Google also redesigned the app to put your content front and center.

Overall, it's a good package of announcements that Google went live at Android Developers summit.

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