San Francisco: Google is planning to roll-out a functionality that would auto-update pre-loaded apps via Google Play even when users are not signed into their Google accounts. Also Read - Google Develops Android-Based Tool That Will Alert Smartphone Users Before Earthquake
With this feature, the search engine giant aims to provide a more consistent app experience for users in the coming months, Android Police reported on Friday. Also Read - Covid-19: Google Reminds People to 'Wear Mask, Save Lives' Through Animated Doodle | Watch
Previously, if users were not signed into their Google accounts, pre-installed apps on their devices, including the Play Store, were cut off from updates. Also Read - Nepal to Send New Map to India, United Nations; Here's Why The World Body Won't Recognise it
“In the coming months, Google Play will begin testing a new feature that will automatically allow Google Play to update pre-loaded apps and with users having an option to turn off this feature at any time if they wish. This should also help developers reduce overhead costs required to support obsolete app versions,” the report quoted Google as saying in a letter to the developers.
Google is advising developers to make sure that any updates to their app work properly in the absence of a Google account.
The feature would only apply to devices shipped with Android Lollipop or newer OS versions, the report added.
It is yet not clear by when would the feature be officially released for all Android users.