Google Blows at Facebook: Developers Asked Not to Update Android Apps from Outside Play Store

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Last month, Facebook started rolling out a small update for the Android platform which brought changes to profile pictures, ways to hide stories and report spam in News Feed. What was strange about this update was it did not come via Google Play, instead it started updating directly from Facebook's own servers. Quite a few users expressed their concern over this on the review page of the app, but how did the folks from Google take this?

Google Asks Developers Not to Update Android Apps Outside Play Store

Well Google has updated their content policies section of the Google Play, stating no app can update using any other means apart from the update mechanism in Google Play. There have been a growing concern for security with Google Play, especially after the "Bad News"malware. Perhaps this is what has made Google to enforce such a policy.

Google's policy states "An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play's update mechanism".

Anyways, Facebook did say that the update was sent to few users for the sake of Beta testing and later on released the final product using the proper procedure. However, the initial automatic update did puzzle the users. Which other app did the same thing? Good question, if you have any information regarding this let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Droid Life

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