Google Brings an API to Let Developers Push In-App Updates

Nichole VegaNov 09, 2018

The API provides a couple of options to Android developers to push latest updates to their apps.

"We've heard that you'd like more controls to ensure that users are running the latest and greatest version of your app", said Stephanie Cuthbertson, Director of Product Management, Android, in a blog post. One is a full-screen update where the app user is prevented from using the app until the update has been completed.

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

Meanwhile, Google also announced that in the short time that the app formerly known as Files Go has been available, it is already being used by more than 30 million monthly users around the globe.

Google says that users who installed apps only from the Play Store have been infected by PHAs in much fewer numbers compared to the percentage of users who also installed apps from unofficial third-party stores or other locations -through a process called side-loading. The app is then updated when the app is closed. This mainly lets users keep using the app while the update is downloaded in the background. With Immediate in-app updates, the application will show a notice as soon as the app is opened that an update is required in order to start using it. Once the update is downloaded, simply restart the app and you're done. 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.

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