Google has a plan to make app updates feel faster on Android

Google would like Android users to have their apps installed faster on their Android devices. 9to5Google discovered something new in the Google Play Store called “App install optimization” that would use crowdsourced information to make this happen. As Google explains, “When you turn on App install optimization, Google can tell which parts of an app you use the first time you open it after installation. When enough people do this, Google can optimize the app to install, open, and run faster for everyone.” And even though crowdsourcing is used to make this work, no personal data such as your name and email address is shared.

The crowdsourced feature also “doesn’t look at anything outside of the app, such as other apps or content on your device. It also doesn’t collect information about content uploaded or downloaded in the app, such as images in a social feed, or rankings on a leaderboard.” What Google does is combine your data with data from other users in order to “find trends and identify which parts of the app are most important to everyone.” This information, Google says, will speed up the time it takes to install apps from Google Play, lower the amount of time it takes to open and run a particular app, and reduce the strain on your device’s CPU, battery, and storage.

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