Android apps will update while you're using them

Joanna Estrada
November 8, 2018

Essentially, the In-App Updates API can force users to update their apps. Along with users, App developers will also benefit from the latest In-app updates API.

Google announced the In-app Updates API at its annual Android Dev Summit - alongside support for foldable displays - while celebrating 10 years of the OS. It might seem like a small feature, but Google senior director for Android product management and developer relations Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson told TechCrunch that this was a widely-requested feature. The first is a full-screen experience, which blocks use of the app until the update downloads and installs.

The tool, very appropriately dubbed the Google Play in-app update API, gives developers the ability to display dialog boxes in unupdated Android games or apps that either encourage players to update their copy to the latest version and allow them to do so while the app is still running.

The new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate. The message goes away once the update is done and users can then continue to use the app. In flexible app update function, it allows Android users to keep using the app even while it is being updated. We think so simply because it looks like you have to actively seek out the update, instead of having a pop up appear on your screen. Once the update finishes downloading, developers can either have the update applied immediately or whenever users open their apps again. The In-app Updates API is being tested with Android's early access partners, and will soon be distributed to all developers.

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