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From now on, developers can force you to update their mobile applications

Kathryn Roquette

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The developers, to keep their mobile applications afloat, use updates that are slowly improving the performance of them or changing the look or icons … Until now we could choose whether to have the latest version of our apps or not, although this may change.

Google has been working for some time with some developer partners to implement an app programming interface that allows forcing updates, as reported by Planet Storyline. Now, the company announces that this interface will be available to all those developers with tools in the Google Play Store.

The purpose of this feature, called Inline Updates, is to offer developers the option to “force” users to update their apps to the latest available version.

Although it may seem something negative, Google has explained that it intends to use this function in very specific cases, such as a security breach to be solved as soon as possible, or by adding a key feature.

Developers can choose how the mandatory update occurs, such as being in the background or a message on the screen that alerts the user that there is a new version, or block the app until it is updated.

Kathryn Roquette is a software developer with hands-on experience in analysis, designing, development, and delivery of Android apps. His key skills include knowledge of Core Java, JSON & XML Parsing. She’s also a foodie. So, either you’ll find him at his desk busy in building interesting mobile apps or at a restaurant relishing some new cuisine.