Aug 17 AT 10:28 AM Nick Gray 29 Comments

New Google Play Store delta updates now enabled to save you time and data


If you’re like me, you probably have over 80 application installed on your Android device. If you have the space, why not use it? But there is a down side to having that many applications installed – regular app updates from developers who are constantly tweaking their apps to make them better. Whenever a developer releases an update to an app, users are notified and are asked to re-download and install the entire app even if the developer only tweaked one line of code.

Fortunately, Google has just enabled its new delta update feature on the Play Store, allowing users to download a portion of the code rather than the entire application. Most apps vary in size between 2-10MB, but games can be much larger and can take upwards of 10 minutes to download and install. If you’re among those who love having all the latest and greatest apps and games, this new tweak can save you valuable time and a whole lot that precious data that seems to get more expensive with every month that passes.

The Play Store delta updates are invisible to users. When updating an app, you will still see the full size of the original  application. But if the developer has taken the time to implement the delta update feature, the application will start the install process before the full update is downloaded.

Check out the video below to see the delta update feature in action with the latest Google Maps update.

How much data do you think you’ll have each month thanks to the new delta updates on the Google Play Store?

Source: Android Police

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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