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Google Enables 'Smart App' Updates in Play Store

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Aug 17, 2012, 7:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google recently turned on a feature of the Google Play Store that will reduce the amount of data downloaded over wireless networks when apps need to be updated. The Smart App Update feature, first announced at Google I/O in June, means that applications requiring updates will only download the portion of the application that is different. For example, if only 40% of the code of a 10MB app is updated, Google Play Store will only download the 4MB that is different rather than the full 10MB. The change will reduce strain on cellular networks and Google's own app servers.

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T Bone

Aug 18, 2012, 8:54 PM


You can just turn off automatic updates and shut off background data and then manually update when you have WiFi...which seems better...
Maybe not very meaningful for very small apps, but I've heard some apps (mostly games?) can get into GB territory. Even on WiFi if you only have to download a dozen MB update instead of the full GB+ package, this would still save you a good deal of t...
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