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

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But Google noted that the app has grown to 30 million monthly users, some of which were using powerful phones with plenty of storage. 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 new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate.

Essentially, the In-App Updates API can force users to update their apps.

Naturally, I go into Google Play to see if there is an update, only to find almost half of the apps on their phone in need of updating. We've also redesigned the user experience to make sure that the content of your mobile phone is the focus when you use the app, all while keeping the same functions and playfulness that people love.

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. With Immediate in-app updates, the application will show a notice as soon as the app is opened that an update is required in order to start using it.

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If you don't already have the app, you can download Files by Google free of charge from the Play Store. You can completely customise the update flow so it feels like part of your app.

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

With a flexible in-app update, there is no full-screen update message.

For now, the new In-app Updates API will only be available to Android developers who are early access partners.

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