What it does do, however, is ensure that users can keep using the app indefinitely, rather than be stuck in a remote location with an edge connection (yes, some places still have those) waiting for a 48MB app to update.
The new API gives developers two new ways to update their apps.
The latter - which Google calls "flexible in-app update" - will be for new but not pressing features.
It has been a year since Google launched its "Files Go" app, which was primarily created to free up storage on smartphones with limited built-in storage, and apparently the app is successful enough to earn a rebranding. The prompt comes when the user starts an app, they must update it before using it.
It's less than a year since Google launched Files Go, its first attempt at a file manager app for Android.
Sure, the Play Store isn't flawless and you can still install a malicious app once in a while, but Google says that "Android devices that only download apps from Google Play are 9 times less likely to get a PHA than devices that download apps from other sources".
For example, the percentage of Android devices that contain at least one potentially harmful application (PHA) -the term Google uses for Android malware- is above the 0.5 percent figure for Android devices running KitKat (4.x), Lollipop (5.x), and Marshmallow (6.x), but it's way smaller for newer OS versions. Though there's a catch, the app downloads the update when a user is using it, but it gets installed when you reopen the app.
With a flexible in-app update, there is no full-screen update message. Mahbod also said Google will expand the In-App Updates API to its Early Access Program "very soon".