Android users have seen a few changes to the Android Marketplace and one feature in particular comes with the newest update version 3.3.11, the app auto-update feature. Users can set their downloaded apps to auto-update and not have to worry about going into Android Marketplace to update each app manually.
In an effort to streamline the whole update process further, version 3.3.11 also includes the ability to update over Wi-Fi. This will help decrease the amount of data usage users will incur over their monthly cycle.
To some users, auto-update may be a mini-blessing since Wi-Fi can be accessed in the majority of places to include homes, work offices, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and other public places. This can be viewed as a set-it and forget-it type of feature many will rely on to keep their apps up-to-date with the latest versions and cut down on smartphone app maintenance.
Then again, there are some who feel app updates may not be the right feature for Android users to have on autopilot. One response at PCWorld states that auto-updates are not good for Android because the update for one app may not be for the user’s installed OS. This makes sense when thought about on a technical aspect. There are different versions of Android OS on various devices, plus smartphone makers have their own software installed on devices and that may conflict with certain updated features. Also, one app update can cause something else to go wrong. It may be hard to find the culprit if one big auto-update happens.
It all comes down to each individual Android owner and his or her personal feelings about auto-updating their apps. If an app is a productive app that one uses on a daily basis, setting that particular app on auto-update may be something to do. However, setting all of the apps to auto-update may be cause for some glitches that one may not be ready for all at one time. As Android Marketplace grows to maturity, users will see better functionality and UI, but glitches will always remain as long as technology is around.