Some Android apps will soon update even while still in use

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This mainly lets users keep using the app while the update is downloaded in the background.

Google has introduced a new developer tool aimed at encouraging Android users to update apps to the current version though in-app prompts. Another neat reveal coming out of the Android Dev Summit, however, is a feature that will allow users to continue using Android apps while they're being updated. Google aims to support the new form factors in Android.

The new API gives developers two new ways to update the apps: flexible and immediate.

You'll have two options with this API; the first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect the user to wait for the update to be applied immediately.

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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. Originally created to help Android users in certain countries that do not have a lot of storage on their mobile devices, the app was quickly adopted worldwide. Well, despite the announcement, there's no exact time given by Google as to when we will see the API working on Android devices.

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