We've heard that you'd like more controls to ensure that users are running the latest and greatest version of your app. Come on, people, keep your apps updated!
Essentially, the In-App Updates API can force users to update their apps.
The new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate.
Thanks to a new API that Google announced this week during the Android Dev Summit, developers will soon have the power to force users to update apps, which we think is a good thing. 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.
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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. But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android. With this, you can receive a notice from the app that an update is recommended, though, you can continue using the app normally while it updates in the background. If you want to find and download Files by Google for the first time, you'll just need to search "Files by Google" in the Google Play app store (or just click that link at the start of this sentence).
With a flexible in-app update, there is no full-screen update message.
Right now, the in-app update API is being tested through the Android Google Chrome app and with select partnered developers, but Google plans to expand that early access program in the near future.