Google’s announcements today included some important changes to how apps are delivered by the Google Play store. Future updates will be available as “delta” releases, only including the changes made since the previous release; distributing updates in this manner eliminates the necessity to re-download an entire app each time something minor changes, drastically cutting down on data consumption. We also learned about new encryption options coming to paid apps, letting developers lock them to particular devices. Those changes won’t all just be on the Android side of things, as it turns out that Google’s also made a few adjustments to the web-based Google Play store.
In the past, you’ve been able to send apps to your phone straight from the web, and today Google expands the ability to give you a whole lot more flexibility with remote app control. Beyond just installing new apps, you can also selectively apply updates to the apps on any of your phones or tablets, as well as remotely uninstall apps you no longer need.
These may sound like relatively small changes, but they’re imminently useful for Android users who juggle a number of devices, and don’t necessarily want to dig them all up when doing maintenance on their app collections. This move also helps towards enhancing the feeling of Androids being cloud-connect machines, and has us wondering what other remote administration features Google might cook up in the future.