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Off-Market Application Updates

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Eddie_Brock, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Eddie_Brock

    Eddie_Brock Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Jun 6, 2010
    BC, Canada
    I am curious about the procedure for updating an app that was acquired off the market. Do you simply install over your existing app? And if so, what happens to your existing data?

    Is there a way to tie your installed apps to the market, so it can automatically check for updates? Any information is appreciated.


  2. TheBiles

    TheBiles Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Get your updated .apk and install it just as you normally would. There is no way to automatically update non-Market apps unless you get them from a repo that keeps up-to-date, but I won't get into that because it leads to a lot of warez discussion.
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  3. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

    May 29, 2009
    I'm using the Last.fm client. I'm a paying subscriber, but the app is not available in the Market for me. This makes it a very good example without venturing into warez-land.

    Since I can't see the app in the Market, I don't know when there are updates. There are one or two work-arounds, however:

    1. first of all, the Last.fm app itself comes up and says when I'm running an older version; this is specific to this app and I don't expect every app to do that (it's a bit of an annoyance sometimes, really).
    2. Second, I'm using aTrackDog to keep status of all my apps (even a couple of uninstalled ones (waiting for them to improve)).
    I realize that with Android 2.x, the Market should keep its own updates, but I find it a bit erratic; I've been using aTrackDog on v1.x, in part because those versions of Android didn't have a built-in check, and in part because I've been using TrackerDog for ages on PalmOS. :cool:

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