Friday, 16 November, 2018

Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

Android Dev Summit Google's in-app update API gives Android devs new tools for pushing updates
Katie Ramirez | 08 November, 2018, 23:44

Google today relaunched its Files Go file management app for Android as Files by Google.

Developers can choose which approach is more suitable, depending on how urgent it is that users should update. That option is recommended to be used for important updates that need to be installed immediately - critical security patches, bug fixes and the like. The second option is a flexible update, which means the user can keep using the app while the update is downloaded. An API (application programming interface) provides developers with all of the tools and building blocks needed to help them create applications. But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android.

But Google noted that the app has grown to 30 million monthly users, some of which were using powerful phones with plenty of storage. Another neat reveal coming out of the Android Dev Summit, however, is a feature that will allow users to continue using Android apps while they're being updated.

Android will offer developers "screen continuity" so that when users start a video on the small screen, it seamlessly transfers to the larger screen as it's unfolded.

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Android's announcement of its Foldables technology was also a summit highlight, with the company highlighting its support for the forthcoming Samsung device that was previewed this week by Samsung Senior Vice President Justin Denison at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference.

Samsung wants its foldable phone to have a long battery life.

Its not just a simple rebranding, Google also redesigned the app to put your content front and center.

An EU ruling against Google could pave the way to improve Android phones for consumers, says the Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

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