Google tweaks Android to provide a new prompt in case of software crashes that reminds you to update your goddamn apps.
“Update the app to fix crashes,” the prompt says Esper’s senior technical editor Mishaal Rahman. “The app has stopped working, but the latest update for the app may fix the problem. Install the update and then open the app again.”
Obviously, the prompt will only help if an app isn’t fully updated yet. Frustratingly, if you’re already running the latest version and it’s still crashing, it’s likely that there isn’t a fix available (yet). But given the number of times I’ve personally been able to fix crashing issues with a simple update, I’m hoping the new prompt will be more useful than not.
According to Google’s support page, the new prompt is rolling out this week with version 33.2 of the Google Play Store app. It’s one of many tweaks and fixes coming to Android this month, which also includes a new auto-update feature for those with limited mobile data and no access to Wi-Fi.