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  1. TonyG

    TonyG Well-Known Member
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    I wonder if there is a one-step way to donwload and install ALL the currently available (red-starred) upgrades to the programs loaded on my Droid. It's a pain, with 10-15 upgrades at a time, and 4 taps necessary to install each of them separately.

    Maybe somebody should write an app to do that... :D
     

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  2. Dark Jedi

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    i agree they need this. apple has this and is nice.one click and download all and it pops up a number in a red circle on there marketplace icon to. maybe in the near future the android marketplace will have it.
     
  3. cranky_dan

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    Ya. I'd get behind this, too. Big time.
     
  4. powell

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    It is not a good idea to update everything without even reading what you are updating and what will be the consequences.
    Android is a mobile operating system with access to the resources, that can cost you money. It is supposed to be safe, so just before application installation there are important information displayed, such us:
    - if user data will be saved,
    - what permissions new application will have,
    You should read this information carefully. If you don't, o.k., it is your business, but I doubt Google will ever let people do mass update.
     
  5. BrainB0ne

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    I personally like to read the changelogs, and comments from users before installing an update.

    I like to read the work that has been done by the developers.. but that's maybe because I am a software developer myself ;)

    So I think I would not install a mass updater..
     
  6. Hoos

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    It appears I'm wrong. After looking at the stuff again, there is no button to update. I would have sworn it was there and that I had used it.

    My apologies for the bad info. below.

    An app/website called AppBrain does this.

    You download the app to your phone, create an account using your Google account, sync from your phone to the site, and that's it.

    When you start the AppBrain app on the phone it lists your installed apps, lets you know if any of them have updates, and then there is one button to push to update all of them.

    I've been using it for a few days and like it.
     
  7. bluenova

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    Actually it's not a one button push. Appbrain will simply do the search in the market for you and you then need to go through the usual steps for each app.

    In Android 2.1 I believe you will get a notification when an update is available (but it won't automatically install). So I guess you will be updating individual apps as you get the notification rather than doing 10 at a time when you feel like checking the market for updates.
     
  8. powell

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    In fact, such notifications has been present since the Android version 1.5, but it did not work as it supposed to do (most of the time notification did not appear for some reason).
     
  9. bluenova

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    Interesting, I guess they got it sorted in 2.1.
     
  10. TonyG

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    Two comments:

    1. You CAN activate app update notifications in one of the menus; they appear on the top notofication bar once or twice a week.

    2. There is a way to check for ALL the available updates for the apps installed in Market--> Menu--> Downloads; all the red-starred apps have updates available, but they must be performed individually.
     
  11. bluenova

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    Care to elaborate? I know of no such function in 1.5.
     
  12. TonyG

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  13. TonyG

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    I have a Droid with 2.01...
     
  14. bluenova

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    So... don't hold us in suspense, where is it? :D
     
  15. TonyG

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    OK, I was stumped for a while as I could not find it... but here it is: In Home++, which I use instead of the stock Home app, on the lower Menu bar with multiple icons, there is a Notifications button (a call out box with a bang sign) that gives two options: Notify me when items are updated or Do not notify me. As I have said before, the Notifications icon pops up on the top Menu bar (which, by the way, can be hidden).
     
  16. powell

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    I am not sure what you mean, but permissions are not granted only during first installation. Every new version of already installed application can demand totally new set of permissions... I know that I might be a little bit paranoid, but I can easily think of situation, when Bad-Mean-Developer releases application with "nice" permissions, then change them totally in the new release...

    But my concern includes also - somehow! - YOUR device, which can be a carrier of viruses/trojans/etc, and (probably only indirectly) infect my device someday :p
     
  17. shrink57

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    Too many times an updated up will have problems like force closing on a particular phone when the previous version worked fine. By reading market comment you can be forewarned of such problems. If you keep a full backup of all your programs you can always go back to a previous version (the market generally only offers the latest program version). One example is a popular program called Beautiful Widgets. There was an issue that forced the developer to change the design of the program. There was an uproar when people blindly overwrote their previous version and hated the new design. If they read the developer's notes and users comments in the market they would have bee warned (actually the program has evolved to something much better than the original). I have about 150 applications installed. For me it is worth taking the time to scrutinize the 5 or 6 that are updated on any given day. It also allows me to read the update log and take advantage of new features that I would have missed if updating blindly.

    Just my 2 cents...
     

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