Android apps will update while you're using them

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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.

Google announced the In-app Updates API at its annual Android Dev Summit - alongside support for foldable displays - while celebrating 10 years of the OS.

In the meantime, Google published "Android Enterprise Security", a white paper detailing the new enterprise-centric security features that have been added to Android after Pie's release in August. The first is a full-screen experience, which blocks use of the app until the update downloads and installs. The former doesn't boot you out per se, but the update window takes up the entire screen, so you're essentially prevented from using the app while the update occurs. The primary aim of the app is to help users to free up space on their phones, and today Google announces that it not only has a new name, but also a new look. The Android Developers blog says that the "update flow" can be customized to feel like part of the app (see GIF at the top of this article). But this is about to change, now that Google is introducing a new API for Android. The API provides a couple of options to Android developers to push latest updates to their apps.

Right now, the in-app update API is being tested through the Android Google Chrome app and with select partnered developers, but Google plans to expand that early access program in the near future.

OK, so it's not exactly "updating as you use" as Google implies, but it's as near as dammit.

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