Updating Android applications is likely to be a much more comfortable process for end users and developers at any time…
Updating Android applications is likely to be a much more comfortable process for end users and developers at any time in the not too distant future thanks to a new app updates program introduced at this year’s Google-hosted Android Dev Summit. Set to start rolling out soon, the new API has already been tested with early access partners and basically changes how Android apps are updating. Unnamed: The company seems to make updates to a true “background” process that happens in the app, even if the end user still uses the current app. There are two possible ways to implement, which Google refers to as either an “instant” app update or a “flexible” app update.
For the first of them, a developer can have the new software installation all at once and drive users to a short full-screen message that has to wait when the installation occurs. However, under another option known as “Flexible Update,” developers can effectively change code while using the app, resulting in a more natural update flow where changes are incorporated without interruptions. In either case, when the installation is complete, the app automatically launches in a way much more related to a page update than a restore, with users placed in the app just where they left.
Background: Apart from obvious benefits, the change will help developers integrate updates so that the process becomes part of their app in a much more integrated way. But it’s not the only new development that Android Dev Summit has taken to the table when it comes to allowing developers to make things more custom. On the hardware side of things, Google also recently announced that it will help drive the boundaries forward with system level changes made in support of the expected incoming wave of flexible or collapsible smartphones. In summary, Android OS supports two types of phones that can be folded. It will include those with two or more monitors and those with a single panel that can be bent directly.
Appropriate, Samsung’s own Developer Conference event runs in conjunction with Google, and the company has already revealed its own Infinity Flex monitors. Since the two companies worked on the new user interface and other API changes together, Samsung is likely to be among the first but not the only manufacturer to exploit them in the future. Anyway, the message announces at least one other area where Google works to help developers across the board create diversity in Android while keeping it all consistent.
Impact: Meanwhile there is no immediate indication as to how the new API can affect more traditional installations. All installations are likely to still be processed through the Google Play Store to continue business policies that utilize their scanning tools and Google Play Protect. In addition, major changes may still require a more traditional update. Given that, from the user’s perspective, the changes will undoubtedly work much larger than when developers begin implementing API updates for the app. The change will allow updates that almost feel seamless simply because they do not require the user to leave an application and return to a brand new app launch to just get new features or to view UI tweaks. That way, they will work more like updates on the server side. At the same time, developers, instead of the Google Play Store, can install background updates, invisible and often unnoticed, can only trigger end users attention until an update has actually been installed.