At nowadays’s Android Dev Summit, Google introduced a brand new set of options as a part of the Android App Bundle instrument, together with an In-app Updates API that can permit builders to extra aggressively nudge customers to obtain the most recent model of an app.
To necessarily drive customers into updating, devs now have two new choices to hasten app updates. For urgent problems — akin to safety computer virus fixes — builders can show a full-screen message the following time a person begins up an app to inform them that an replace is to be had. Users can even give you the chance to choose out of the replace, in case they’re no longer hooked up to Wi-Fi, are low on battery, or no matter different reason why.
For much less pressing updates, the In-App Updates API can even permit customers to continue using the app in most cases while the replace is being downloaded within the background, with the brand new model carried out at the subsequent startup.
This is a huge deal for each the end-user and builders at the back of fashionable and up-and-coming Android apps. If an app comprises a vital computer virus, the API is helping builders extra urgently push customers to replace to the most recent patched model as a substitute of assuming customers have automated updates grew to become on. It additionally erases the inconvenience of looking ahead to an app to replace if you wish to stay using the app, particularly in the event you’re operating with low obtain speeds.
The new Updates API remains to be in early trying out with a couple of Play Store app companions, with plans to amplify to extra (and in the end all) builders soon.