December 8, 2019
preloaded app updates

Google will Soon Allow Updates to Preloaded Apps through the Play Store Even if Users aren’t Signed Into the Service

Google plans to make it possible for preloaded apps to update via the Play Store, even if users aren’t logged into their accounts…

Google is telling developers about an upcoming change. In the next few months, Google will start testing a new feature which give preloaded apps the ability to update through the Play Store without uesrs logging in.

Preloaded Apps Update without User Sign-In through Google Play

It’s a big but sensible change because it allows apps to receive needed updates as they become available.

Here’s the full text of the email:

“Hello Google Play Developer,

In the coming months, Google Play will begin testing a new feature that will automatically allow Google Play to update pre-loaded apps for users who didn’t sign in to a Google account. Users have the ability to turn off this feature at any time if they wish.

This new feature will provide users with a more consistent app experience across many devices and will allow them to access the best and newest features provided by developers. This should also help developers reduce overhead costs required to support obsolete app versions.

Action required

We have identified that one or more of your apps may be pre-loaded on various devices and OS versions. We recommend that you verify that new releases of your app will work as desired with or without a Google account. Note that this change will only apply to devices shipped with Android Lollipop (API 21) or newer OS versions.

We appreciate your support as we continually work to improve our platform to ensure the best experience for users and developers.”

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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