egzthunder1 · Mar 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Update ALL the Apps with Update Notifier Crowd Edition

We all love keeping our devices up to date as much as humanly possible. Ever since the days of Windows Mobile, whenever we saw a new build being leaked from Microsoft, we would rush to the nearest computer and hope that one of our favorite chefs had already made it into something flashable. Either that or, if you knew how to do it yourself, you would build the ROM yourself using things like EVK (Ervius Visual Kitchen). Having said this, there are always more things that one would like to keep up to date, and that is the apps on your device. Back in the day, very few apps had an update checker on them and since there was no market to depend on (except for the Windows Mobile Market, which was a bit of a joke). As a result, you normally had to look for updates via Google or other means. In this day and age, we can certainly say that having to hunt around for updates for your apps is a thing of the past thanks to the Play Store, but what if your apps are not in the Play Store? Or worse yet, what if you have no access to the Play Store at all (geographical restrictions)?  XDA Recognized Developer Goddchen has come up with an interesting solution to address this.

Update Notifier – Crowd Edition is an app that functions quite similarly to the app store (and in the same manner as its predecessor but without the use of web crawlers or third party APIs). It checks your apps and compares to current versions. However, unlike the Play Store, this app grabs information about all your installed apps and not just the ones attached to the Play Store. It then sends this information to a community database and does two things: it updates it with newer versions (if you happen to have any), and it notifies you if there are newer versions around. Once you get the notification, clicking on it would take you to the Play Store or to Appbrain (if Google’s service is not available in your country or if the app was installed via other means). This solves several issues with the current model implemented by Google and it is community driven. Best part is that it is completely anonymous and only scans for package name, version number, and version code. Not even your device ID is transmitted.

Since the app has just launched, the current database is quite small (about 700 entries strong, as per the dev’s latest comment). Please help the project by installing the app and report any bugs or comments you may have to the dev. Feedback, as always, is highly appreciated.

The reason for this second edition of the app is that all the available APIs for app version infos are pretty much
outdated most of the time, sometimes up to 1 or 2 weeks… That’s simply unsatisfying for users of an app update
notifier. With the ne strategy, I hope to solve this problem. Let’s see how it goes…

You can find more information in the original thread.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

[Thanks Goddchen for the tip!]
_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
TAGS:

egzthunder1

egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
Jimmy McGee · Jul 30, 2015 at 06:00 am · no comments

How to Root the LG G4 and Install TWRP Recovery – XDA TV

A rooting method has finally been found for the flagship LG G4. In this episode, XDA TV Producer TK shows you how to root and install TWRP recovery the LG G4. TK just recently reviewed the device.  So as is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the LG G4 is no exception! TK presents instructions on how to gain root access on your LG G4 using tools from the XDA Developers Forums. The process is painless...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Jul 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm · 1 comment

OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style: Which is The Better Flagship?

Two big industry names have announced their newest flagship phones within the past few days. Both have also promised great performance for a cheap price, and now that we know the specifications and details about both the Moto X Style and the OnePlus 2, we can begin planning our next purchase and debating which one is better. So, judging from everything we know, which phone is more impressive?

DISCUSS
Mathew Brack · Jul 29, 2015 at 10:35 am · 2 comments

Making Your Own Xposed Modules Is Easier Than You Think

Close to the heart of XDA is the Xposed Framework by Rovo89. Most of us will have used it but you may feel that the module repository is missing something. We have the solution with several guides aimed at getting you started to build your own modules, something that may be daunting but can open an entire new field of development with a little time and effort.     Where better to start than at the beginning? Rovo89 has created a straight forward tutorial for getting started with development for Xposed....

XDA NEWS