Google Enables 'Smart Updates' for Android Apps

Posted August 17, 2012 at 2:30pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11860 views

Google has updated its Play Store to support delta app updates or 'Smart Updates', reports AndroidPolice.

Normally, when an update to an application comes out, the Play Store downloads it in full, which with large apps and slow connections can get quite painful (think 50MB+ sizes). Smart app updates, announced at an I/O session in June, was the solution. When enabled, only the incremental difference (a.k.a. the delta) between the old and new apks would be sent over the wire, thereby saving huge amounts of data for both Google and Play Store users.

For example, ezPDF Reader app weighs in at 6.34MB but the delta update is only about 2.7-3MB. Instagram weights in at around 13MB but the delta update is about 3MB.

Although Apple has introduced delta updates for Software Update, it has yet to offer the feature for apps downloaded through the App Store.

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rudyy - August 18, 2012 at 6:41am
What, and steal somebody's idea?
henreeG - August 18, 2012 at 8:26pm
Kind of like iOS 5 stole a bunch of Android ideas? Does your notification ring a bell?
Sab - August 18, 2012 at 4:49am
This is a good feature that apple should put in iOS 6
BrawlBro1 - August 18, 2012 at 4:47am
Apple needs to implement this feature in the App Store updates. It would make application updates come faster than what it used to be. We usually have to wait 2-3 weeks (sometimes a month) to get an update for one of our apps. With this feature the updates will probably come in a couple days or a week (depending the size of the app).
BrawlBro1 - August 18, 2012 at 4:51am
*depending on the update size
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