Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

"To address this, we're launching an In-app Updates API".

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. There is no specific date mentioned by Google as to when we will see the API in use on Android apps.

In the meantime, Google published "Android Enterprise Security", a white paper detailing the new enterprise-centric security features that have been added to Android after Pie's release in August.

Called the In-App Updates API, there are two options developers can choose: Immediate or Flexible. Well, it proved so popular (even among mainline Android users) that the app is getting rebranded to just “Files by Google”.

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

But Google noted that the app has grown to 30 million monthly users, some of which were using powerful phones with plenty of storage. 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. You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app. Now, in keeping with its view of the future for the Next Billion Users (Google's capitalization), the app has a new UI as well as a new name.

Sure, the Play Store isn't flawless and you can still install a malicious app once in a while, but Google says that "Android devices that only download apps from Google Play are 9 times less likely to get a PHA than devices that download apps from other sources".

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

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