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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mrteeth, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. mrteeth

    mrteeth Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I don't get one thing: updates. Why are there so many that is required. I don't do auto updates, so when it's time, I have to update like 30+ different apps. I understand for certain things to require updates: antivirus, browsers, maps, etc.

    But why do these require updates?

    Flashlight apps, Color notes, circle battery, Flixter, IMDB, MX player, TuneinRadio, Textplus, etc.

    I guess I don't understand. Updates are a pain. When I'm going through it, everything lags. I can't do anything else when the phone is updating. If I have to update more than 3-4 at a time, then I might as well put the phone down and have dinner because it's going to take a long time.

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Why not update at night right before going to bed?

    Updates are required to add new features, fix bugs, keep compatibility with upgraded versions of Android, ect

    I'd highly suggest doing them over some speedy wifi to ease the pain
  3. emmzone22

    emmzone22 Well-Known Member

    I too don't do auto updates, but I do often look for them. I average about 1 update a day, and takes less than a minute. I suggest don't wait so long in between updating.
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  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Another good point. I update as soon as I get a notification for one
  5. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    i suggest doing auto update on wifi only. If you have a decent wifi signal at home it shouldn't be a problem. Rxpert83 touched on it a little. The updates are needed to maintain compatibility between not only different versions of Android but also different manufacturers of phones. This is one reason some people are upset with the Fragmentation issue of the Android OS. It's very hard for a Developer to keep his app compatible with so many different versions of android running on so many different phones.
  6. carracerz14

    carracerz14 Android Expert

    Read the change log. That will tell you what the point is.
    Thom likes this.
  7. I am not an auto update person. I want to know what is changing on my phone. The change logs in the individual apps often have descriptions of new capabilities that were added and you would never know if you updates with auto update. (I only have 125 apps installed.)

    ... Thom
  8. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    Could be bug fixes, compatibility issues with certain hardware, etc. The app developer obviously wants to have a product that works well on every phone and tablet.
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  9. MasterGadgets

    MasterGadgets Well-Known Member

    Some of the so called "updates" for the free apps are just changing or adding the advertisements.
  10. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    The advertisements aren't included in the app itself.

    Most free apps display ads. If you don't want to see them you can either use the donate version to support development or root the phone and block them

    Option 1 is preferred
  11. mrteeth

    mrteeth Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I can appreciate getting a few updates now and again. I understand how important updates can be. But if I'm using a flash light app, where all it does, is turn on my flash, WHy the hell would I need an update?
  12. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    Because it might work fine on your SGS3, but malfunction on any JB4.2 phones or cause a Nexus device to explode. Hardware reacts differently to code.
  13. razrclive

    razrclive Well-Known Member

    Maybe it increases battery life by using less power to use light.
  14. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    If you look at the page for the app, most developers say why the app is being updated.

    Of course, if you are happy the way it is there is no one forcing you to update it!

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