Android will prompt users to update an app when it crashes

It’s never fun when an app crashes on your smartphone, especially when you can’t figure out what’s causing the problem. Well, Android may soon come to the rescue when an app crashes.

The November 2022 Play Store system update changelog details a new feature that will “help users fix app crashes with new update prompts”. Mishaal Rahman, a senior technical editor at Esper, also tweeted details about the feature, noting that the Play Store can send users prompts to update an app if it crashes. The prompt would only appear if an update was available.

In addition, it appears that users will be able to update the app directly from the prompt or provide a Play Store link to update the app later. That would be especially helpful if users encounter a crash when they’re away from a solid internet connection.

Overall, it seems like a small but useful update that should help people fix issues with apps on their Android smartphone. Ideally, users shouldn’t have to deal with app crashes at all, but if Android automatically uncovers possible fixes, this is a good alternative.

The feature is part of Google Play Store version 33.2, which was updated on November 15.

Source: November 2022 Play Store system update, @MishaalRahman Via: Android Police

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