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Updating Apps on Android will consume less data

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Updating Apps on Android will consume less data
Google has revealed a major change to how users update apps on their Android devices - and it could help stop you running up accidental huge data bills.

The online giant has unveiled a new system for updating Android apps which it says greatly reduces the amount of data needed to do so.

Users can save up to 65 per cent for many popular apps, and as high as 90 per cent for some cases - meaning customers use up less of their data allowance when updating.

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The upgrade is thanks to the use of a new technique called File-by-File patching, which compares the old and new versions of an app before sending a patch which only updates the necessary files.

This also greatly compresses the amount of data needed to process an update on your device, resulting in the major space savings.

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In a blog post explaning the changes, Google likened the process to an author changing a single sentence of a book about to be published, noting that, "it's much easier to tell the editor which sentence to change and what to change, rather than send an entirely new book."

The only possible downside is that you'll need a powerful device to get the most out of the new system, as the more processing power your phone has, the quicker it'll be able to compress and download.

Luckily, the latest version of Android Nougat is set to run on some of the most advanced devices around today.

Google revealed yesterday that it was rolling out Android Nougat 7.1 to its Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablets, and Pixel C laptop -  as well as the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

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