Android Will Soon Allow In-App Updates

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Come on, people, keep your apps updated! The new experience comes from an In-app Updates API that is now in testing with early access partners and will reach developers in the coming future.

The latter - which Google calls "flexible in-app update" - will be for new but not pressing features. The prompt comes when the user starts an app, they must update it before using it.

In the second immediate option, users are given a full-screen update message for forcefully updating their apps.

It has been a year since Google launched its "Files Go" app, which was primarily created to free up storage on smartphones with limited built-in storage, and apparently the app is successful enough to earn a rebranding.

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Google has introduced a new developer tool aimed at encouraging Android users to update apps to the current version though in-app prompts. 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.

Google director of engineering Aurash Mahbod said the company is testing the In-App Updates API in Google Chrome.

If you don't already have the app, you can download Files by Google free of charge from the Play Store.

The API gives developers an immediate in-app update option that can be used mainly to push critical updates. Once the update is downloaded, simply restart the app and you're done. 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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