Android Will Soon Allow In-App Updates

  • Android Will Soon Allow In-App Updates

Android Will Soon Allow In-App Updates

One is a full-screen update where the app user is prevented from using the app until the update has been completed. However, it also offers developers a way to bump users up to the latest version of an app if they've built a bunch of new features and want all users to have access to them.

The feature was announced as part of Android's In-App Updates API, which Google said is now being tested and will launch to developers soon.

The Verge noted the feature is meant to essentially push users into updating their apps (i.e.it's a fail-safe against those of us who refuse to update out of sheer laziness or, you know, because it requires like two extra steps). The Android Developers blog says that the "update flow" can be customized to feel like part of the app (see GIF at the top of this article).

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. But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android.

Talking about the recent updates, Android product management, and developer relations Stephanie Saad Cuthberston said, "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". The second option is a flexible update, which means the user can keep using the app while the update is downloaded.

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

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