Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

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.

The new API will give developers the choice of letting an app lock users out while it installs updates or to let users continue using them as the update is downloaded and installed in the background.

Additionally, developers can now full-screen messages asking the user to update the app immediately, unless they're prevented by a metered connection or the battery is too low. Originally created to help Android users in certain countries that do not have a lot of storage on their mobile devices, the app was quickly adopted worldwide. Come on, people, keep your apps updated! Google has added widely requested features in the latest In-app Updates API. You can completely customise the update flow so it feels like part of your app. But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android.

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What Cuthbertson is referring to is the In-App Updates API, which gives developers two new ways to update their apps: immediate and flexible. From that notice you'll see an update button, meaning you won't need to go into Google Play to retrieve the update.

Google has also announced that in less than a year, the app has a whopping 30 million monthly users, which I am sure is earning Google some $$$. Google hasn't announced an official date that it will get wide release but said the API will be available to all developers soon.

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