Google is changing the way the Google Play Store distributes app updates to devices in the future. The company reportedly notified certain app developers about the change. The change entails pre-installed apps can be updated even if you haven’t signed in to a Google account.
The pre-installed apps in a new Android device will be at the version they were on when they were installed during manufacturing. The latest versions presently gets downloaded after you have entered your Google account credentials. If you don’t, Google Play Store doesn’ update the apps at all.
Google is reportedly testing a new way to allow pre-installed apps to update to the latest version even if the user is not signed in to their account. After the change, a new device connected to the internet can get updates to pre-installed apps. Google reportedly sent a notification to app develoeprs to reflect the change in their apps.
Google explained the changed will only work for devices running on Android API version 21 or later. The company said it is presently testing the new feature, but by the way Google is notifying developers, it’s likely to be permanent change soon.