With new tools and features announced during today's Android Developer Summit, one of those new features that went a bit under the radar is the In-App Updates API. The API will give developers a couple options when it comes to updates. That update is then downloaded and installed right then and there, from within the app itself.
But Google noted that the app has grown to 30 million monthly users, some of which were using powerful phones with plenty of storage. The first is a full-screen experience, which blocks use of the app until the update downloads and installs.
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"This is something that developers have asked us for a long time is - say you own an app and you want to make sure the user is running the latest version", said Cuthbertson. By removing the "Go" part of the name, it is indicating to users that the app is of general usefulness for any users, and not just those with super low-end devices running on spotty networks.
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". There is no specific date mentioned by Google as to when we will see the API in use on Android apps. The In-app Updates API is being tested with Android's early access partners, and will soon be distributed to all developers.