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

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Files by Google is an app that's very, very similar to what was first presented in the Android Go app called Files Go.

The feature was announced as part of Android's In-App Updates API, which Google said is now being tested and will launch to developers soon.

The Verge noted the feature is meant to essentially push users into updating their apps (i.e.it's a fail-safe against those of us who refuse to update out of sheer laziness or, you know, because it requires like two extra steps). Google has introduced new tools and features at Android Developer Summit.

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What it does do, however, is ensure that users can keep using the app indefinitely, rather than be stuck in a remote location with an edge connection (yes, some places still have those) waiting for a 48MB app to update. Though there's a catch, the app downloads the update when a user is using it, but it gets installed when you reopen the app.

"We attribute this to many factors, such as continued platform and API hardening, ongoing security updates and app security and developer training to reduce apps' access to sensitive data", said the Android Security & Privacy Team in a blog post today. With an immediate in-app update, users are greeted with a full-screen message that tells them there is an update that must be downloaded and applied before they can use the app. Even Google has increased the limit of Instant Apps to 10 MB for Try Now button on the Play Store.

Google has also announced that in less than a year, the app has a whopping 30 million monthly users, which I am sure is earning Google some $$$.

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