Google testing automatic updates for system apps

Google testing automatic updates for system apps
Google has sent out email to developers telling them that it plans on testing a feature that will automatically update pre-installed system apps even if the user didn't sign into a Google account when he or she set up a new handset. The feature will be available on devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher, and users will be able to opt out. Developers are being asked to verify whether their apps will "work as desired with or without a Google account."

If Google decides to keep the automatic updates, it will allow Android owners (again, Android 5.0 and up) to receive updates to the system apps on their Android phone even if they never signed into Google. That will enable these users to have the latest (read best) versions of these system apps, allowing them to take advantage of any new capabilities. Besides making their handsets run better, this should also make their phones more secure since some updates could include patches to close exploits and repair flaws.


Since most Android users login to their Google account while setting up a new handset, we wouldn't imagine that this will affect a large percentage of Android users. Google has reportedly started the testing process and has begun disseminating system app updates to compatible phones.

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3 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6518; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I prefer the option of doing updates at my leisure...not a fan of automatic anything.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Well, the article says it will be an option. You can opt out

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is stupid! These are the preloaded apps that will update.... Most of the time this is bloatware and no one uses them. They also most of the time can not be uninstalled. So this will update apps I don't use and can't get rid of and suck up more space... This sounds really dumb. If I do use the app I would sign into google play and update them myself.

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