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OI Update

Postby friedger » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:33 am

We have just put OI Update on the Market, mainly to handle updates of
our own applications, but it can also handle updates of any other
application.

The version check for applications can be performed periodically or on user request. If performed periodically the user is informed via the notification bar about new versions. If a new version is available the user can initiate the update process as defined by the developer of the application e.g. check Android Market, or go to the application web site. It is also possible to get a reminder later, ignore this update or ignore all further updates of the application.

Notifications are shown only once per 24 hours.

Application with package name prefix "android", "com.android" and those without a version name or version code are not managed by the updater.

From the early comments we can see that users were waiting for this kind of support.

In order to add automatic update support to an application, developers only need 2 things:

1.) add
<meta-data
android:name="org.openintents.updatechecker.UPDATE_URL"
android:value="url to version file" />
to the application node of the manifest and your automatic update is
implemented.

2.) The version file can be either a small text file as described here
http://www.openintents.org/en/node/136 or it can be a VeeCheck xml
file as described here: http://www.tomgibara.com/android/veecheck/

If you host your application at AndAppStore.com , the VeeCheck file
will be generated automatically for you, and you just need to put the
package name into your application's details at AndAppStore.com


Url of application details: http://www.openintents.org/en/node/136.

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Postby MrSnowflake » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:41 am

If I get it right, this is an app, we can use to for our Apps? To notify the user our software (which, ofcourse, they downloaded?), something like apptodate.

It's a good idea, only remark is: this should have been in Market :).
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Postby friedger » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:57 am

Yes, that is right. User installs OI Update, user installs your app (in any order) and you provide the update info and the user will be informed (within the by the user configured time frame).

Of course Market should contain such a feature. Until then you have OI Update.

As a side note, OI Update also supports AndAppStore and is open to other stores as well.

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Postby MrSnowflake » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:09 pm

friedger wrote:As a side note, OI Update also supports AndAppStore and is open to other stores as well.
Nice, then make suport for SlideMe.org fast :).
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Postby friedger » Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:24 pm

As they have their SAM application they have not provided an interface for their data. Unfortunately, we can't integrate slideme.org at the moment.

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Postby MrSnowflake » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:04 pm

Oh yeah, that's true, SlideMe has their own update check thingy. So, no need for OI update there :).
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