‘Silent updates’ for Android download latest version of Facebook without Google Play
Facebook is testing a new way for Android users to receive app updates without going through the Google Play store.
Some Android users are now receiving “silent updates,” which download in the background while a user is connected over Wi-Fi. Instead of users receiving a notification about a new app version through Google Play, the Facebook app downloads its update automatically and then prompts users to install it. A number of users report that the prompts are persistent and a user’s phone will beep or buzz until the update is installed.
Facebook says the silent updates are a way to “make sure everyone is using the best version of our app.”
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