I have had enough and stopped allowing automatic updates to my Android apps from Google Play. Done. Finished. Period.
With each new release flying out the door from the majority of the developers I have seen slowness, features stop working, loss of account data and constant crashing. Reviews from other users pour in with the same complaints. I have reloaded my OS cleanly. The phone is brand new. It is the apps.
Let’s talk about some examples that I reverted back at least one or two versions:
- Foursquare – crashes, location issues being too far away with GPS and wifi on, force closes
- Waze social GPS – resetting of privacy, crashes, forced Facebook hooks
- Fring – loss of friends, requirement of Fring Out, loss of deposited funds
- Square Register – forced wifi (even if none available) for some transactions
- Shazam – numerous “connection cannot be made” complaints scared me off
- Facebook – An introduced slowness on refreshes, crashes, loss of picture uploading abilities
That is a starter list of applications I am refusing to update from Google Play. I keep checking back in on them and look for more recent updates that may have fixed issues.
I know there are so many different Android devices and flavors to account for. I know that it is hard to cover them all. But when users across all types of newer devices have the same complaint, something in the code went wrong and leads me to think testing was not done enough.
I appreciate Flipboard for example. I have been on four of their latest beta builds. We can report bugs, UI issues and more. When I load the new gold update I never have an issue. They are testing it right. While they are larger, no matter what you size you need better testing.
So what about you? Are you allowing Android to update all your mobile apps automatically? Have you switched to manual and started reading reviews first? Give me some feedback here, Google Plus or Twitter.