Tired of updating applications without knowing what changes? Google, too.


Part of my job is going to Google Play, updating all my apps, and checking what they’ve changed. In many cases I have to imagine since the descriptions of changes are blank, are recycled or really do not explain anything.

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And Google wants to avoid it.
As picked up on Reddit, the Google Play Developer Console is starting to be somewhat more aggressive with the “What changes in this version” field. While until now it was a field that, if you want to fill in, if not, not now, I might not let you continue until you tell what it has changed.

What’s New Old man

Throughout the week I consult dozens of lists of changes and in most cases they are disappointing. While some developers opt for the classic “fixes and improvements”, others do not even try and plant a message type that does not really say anything like this real example:

“Thanks for using% app%

We update the application frequently to improve your experience. Upgrades include stability and performance improvements.

If you like our app, we would love it if you could add a review on the Google Play Store.”

With the mode of activation of functions from the server side and multiple tests, in addition, the list of changes has become something of a secret. Facebook introduces a lot of changes in each update, but most of them will not see or have an interest in explaining it since they are tests.

Other developers simply repeat the same text over and over again for many updates. You update the same application week after week, and the text remains the same. That’s good.

Google, in this case, shows the “do what I say, not what I do” because in many cases they themselves do not update the news or the description is incomplete. YouTube, for example, bears the description of “For rewind or forward 10 seconds, play twice” since February, and since then there have been at least 17 updates, all with the same description.

Hardly solve anything

Personally, I have not seen in my Google Play Developer Console account that I’m forced to write a list of changes for now, although giving the words of Balaji_Ram for certain probably will not change anything.

Although upgrading applications is a process that robs you of your time, battery and space, there are several developers who do not see you as a human being, but as a number in a graph. Until that does not change, we will continue with lists of recycled and low-quality changes, and update the applications several times a week, without knowing why.