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Android developers have two new ways to update their apps

Android developers have two new ways to update their apps

Along with users, App developers will also benefit from the latest In-app updates API.

Meanwhile, the developer can ensure that they have done everything that they can to ensure that users have the most up to date version because the app can be pushed to install in the background using the automatic updates feature.

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.

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Google announced the In-App Updates API during its Android Dev Summit. Well, it proved so popular (even among mainline Android users) that the app is getting rebranded to just “Files by Google”. The name change is meant to reflect the app's ability to help facilitate a smartphone owner's needs no matter which device they are using. One is a full-screen update where the app user is prevented from using the app until the update has been completed. 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. Even Google has increased the limit of Instant Apps to 10 MB for Try Now button on the Play Store. Developers will also be able to customize the update flow so it feels like it is part of the app. Once the update is downloaded, simply restart the app and you're done.

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

This API is now in testing with select developers and will be available to all Google Play developers soon.