Android 2.2 (Froyo) to include automatic app updates?

As we now know, Google's next iteration of the Android operating system is rumored for release at Google I/O next month. To make matters even more interesting, Phandroid has posted some pictures showing a HTC Magic running Froyo. The images are not confirmed to be real, but assuming they are, Android 2.2 will add a new level of convenience to the Android Market.

One of the pictures shows a feature to "Allow automatic updating" within the Market. The example shown is with Google Maps. Assuming this picture is legit, Google is really taking their app store seriously and listening to the suggestions of its users. Whether this new feature will only work for specified applications (such as Google branded ones) remains to be seen. Such a feature has the potential to cause problems for users if the wrong apps are allowed to automatically update themselves. Developers could be able to force ads into their apps, as well as push malicious code.

Android 2.2

Android 2.2 Auto App Updates

Image Credit: Phandroid

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Survey says UK women dig men with iPhones [Updated]

Next Story

Microsoft finally allows Mechwarrior 4 to be freely released

18 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Gah, i was planning to get a Desire but now Android 2.2 has been announced?! And HTC seem to take ages to update their old phones with the latest OS.

Maybe i should wait for the next big phone...

red. said,
Gah, i was planning to get a Desire but now Android 2.2 has been announced?! And HTC seem to take ages to update their old phones with the latest OS.

Maybe i should wait for the next big phone...

HTC doesn't update the phone, the carrier does. T-MO stopped updating the G1 at 1.6, HTC had nothing to do with that. There was talk of Google making new Android builds lighter by default, that way it will fit onto the older and lower end devices, without the google apps being integrated (they'd be downloadable). This would make it easier to make sure the latest version of the kernel, etc are on all Android phones so all of the apps work across the board.

What brings me to question these images is the fact they are a screenshot of an out-dated device running a copy of Android 2.2. The MyTouch hasn't even been updated to 2.1, and no one is really sure if it will be. IMO, I think it would've made more sense to do the testing of 2.2 on the other dev phone Google has (Nexus One). But hey if they are real, it's a good chance that the MyTouch and G1 will get an update for it since they are basically the same hardware.

SMELTN said,
eww it looks like a version of Windows

What are you talking about? It looks the same as it always has.

Dead'Soul said,
FAKE! Google Maps's update is auto, not Android!
you fail at reading, read the title: automatic app updates

At first I thought it meant, "Force Automatic Updating". But its nice to see "Optional Automatic Updating".

Some apps update and become "Subscription Based" or they update and something happens