Hello and welcome back to benderson’s blog, after a three week hiatus, I’m back to talk about a topic in the applications world of computer science which is if a developer can force users to update their app without their decision. This topic is from a recent report from the blog TechCrunch where they discuss how android developers can now force users to update their apps. The news is that at an Android Dev Summit, Google announced the launch of the In-app updates API, this API update allows developers two new ways to push users to update their apps. The blog talks about how google developers were asking for this for a long time and are excited that it is coming. The news updates API is in early testing with a few partners, according to the blog and should be open to more developers in the future. After the build times in Android Studio have slowed down, the team did some tests and found that Gradle, which apparently is the core of the Android Studio build system, is getting a lot faster. The Google team is building new profiling and analysis tools to allow developers to get more insights in their build times.
I choose this blog to discuss this week because the idea of updating apps is such a cool concept to me. Being able to update your software as it is already out in many people phones, computers, etc. is something that doesn’t feel as easy to me as it sounds. Android now being able to force their users to update their apps can make some people upset though since some apps when they come out with a new update aren’t the cleanest version so people just wait till the bugs are fixed on the update but now android developers can just make their users go to the next update immediately. Anyways though, this gives the developers a lot more power and freedom with their apps which is pretty nice for a developer. Another reason I choose this article for my blog is because they talk a little about how their Android Studio Build System uses Gradle which is what we are using in my software class. It was cool to see that stuff that I’m using in my class today is used for a big part in a big company such as google. That is all for this week on benderson’s blog, Thank you for joining me and hope to see you soon.