Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

With New API, Developers Can Now Force You to Update Your Apps

With New API, Developers Can Now Force You to Update Your 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.

Google released the Files Go app late a year ago and as the name suggests, it was meant for Android Go users. Google has introduced new tools and features at Android Developer Summit.

This API is now in testing with select developers and will be available to all Google Play developers soon. Though there's a catch, the app downloads the update when a user is using it, but it gets installed when you reopen the app.

The new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate. The former doesn't boot you out per se, but the update window takes up the entire screen, so you're essentially prevented from using the app while the update occurs.

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Today, we're rebranding the app to Files by Google.

According to the example provided by Google, the first one - called "immediate in-app update" - will also have an on-screen pop up, letting you know that an update is available.

"We attribute this to many factors, such as continued platform and API hardening, ongoing security updates and app security and developer training to reduce apps' access to sensitive data", said the Android Security & Privacy Team in a blog post today. From that notice you'll see an update button, meaning you won't need to go into Google Play to retrieve the update.

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

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