Google reveals major change to how it updates Android apps – and it’s good news for users

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Google has announced a major change to how apps on Android devices are updated.

The tech giant says the new system will be a big boost for users and will help to reduce data and battery usage, as well as save on storage space.

Google says users will says up to 65 percent of data when updating Android apps from now on, and could even save 90 percent of data in some cases.

The data savings are thanks to Google introducing so called File-by-File patching, which only updates the required files, rather than installing a complete new update of an app.

This means that file sizes are also greatly reduced resulting in your device needing to use less data and battery power to update the app. It should also help to free up storage space on your smartphone or tablet.

In a blog post, Google explained the new system by saying: “Imagine you are an author of a book about to be published, and wish to change a single sentence – it’s much easier to tell the editor which sentence to change and what to change, rather than send an entirely new book”.

Google isn’t the first tech company to make changes to the way it pushes out updates for apps and software.

In November, Microsoft unveiled its next generation update technology, which helps to reduce the size of updates by as much as 35 percent.

Called the Unified Update Platform, the technology works in a similar fashion to the File-by-File patching in that it only downloads the files that have been changed since you last updated rather than downloading all the files in the update.

Microsoft has yet to confirm when the Unified Update Platform will be available to users, although it is expected to be included in the next major update of Windows 10, which is expected to be released in early 2017.

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