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Android Pet Peeve - No Auto Updates or Release Notes for Market Apps


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  1. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have recently updated about 10 apps manually that I already had on my G1, since I saw them relisted in the market (again) but higher up on the "by date" tab. This system is horrid!

    If a user has an app and a new release comes online it should not only notify the user it should offer to auto update and the first screen that pops up should be a release notes screen so we know why it was updated and what to look for.

    Another more minor annoyance is that devs seems to lose track of download counts and comments in new vers. This is much more minor, but useful to both the community and the dev.

    If anyone from Android peeks in here, hopefully this makes a list of suggested improvements.
     

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  2. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

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    Good suggestion.
     
  3. G1Fan2009

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    Lets make it as complicated as possible for freeware developers. Lets demand that the developers concentrate on all the technical aspects of an update, rather than concentrate on the app itself.

    All these developers are making so much money offering their hard-earned work, that we should make it harder on them by jabbing them with snark comments, and lets demand that the marketplace keep comments like "First!" and "What use is this app?"
     
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  4. pestilence

    pestilence Well-Known Member

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    Wow - calm down buddy - he was saying the APP STORE should do that housekeeping, not the devs. I agree with him. I'm sure you do too.
     
  5. Sundog

    Sundog Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. The ratings are useful, the comments are not. Too many people out there who momentarily feel better when they use their little moment in the spotlight to be a punk.
     
  6. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

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    1. People should be presented with the list of changes and bug fixes when putting updates on software. This goes with anything, not just a phone application. This does not require much work on the developers part - hell they should probably be keeping a list anyway. They should also understand the publics need for this. Side note: Do you think if you download an undocumented 'update' on good faith and it completely jacks up your phone, the freeware developer is going to remedy that? Documentation = good. It at least releases some amount of reliability, even just moral, on their part and applies a little comfort on yours.

    2. Having the phone auto update or notify you of an update doesn't require any extra work from application developers.

    3. There should be some sort of monitoring system for the comments. I wouldn't like having to weed through crap like your examples to get to something worthwhile. Developer or end user.
     
  7. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    @G1Fan2009 - Check your snark at the door.

    My comment was much more constructive advice to a smoother platform for all of Android users and would be something to fix in a future App Market install for Google and Android, not for the devs. Most devs probably have release notes, but the current market doesn't have a way to show them.

    As for the suggestion on comments, and your reply. a) if you put something in the public eye, expect people to be critical or in the case of "first" stupid b) keeping the comments tied to the app will allow devs to actually address things that were broken and now updated
     
  8. dkaufman1

    dkaufman1 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Wow forum friends...you typed that reply for me faster than I could myself. Thanks...this is the kind of place I want to hang out with online android friends like you. Seriously thanks.
     
  9. shivers316

    shivers316 Godmember VIP Member

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    Yeah this would definitely be no extra work for the developers. I like the system that the app store on the iPhone has. It's just a pop-up number on the icon that shows you how many updates you have.
     
  10. Sundog

    Sundog Well-Known Member

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    The ability to make some freekin CASH would be nice, Google. Just sayin'.
     

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