Around the middle of March, it materialised that Facebook was rolling out a cheeky new update method for its Android app, one that ultimately bypassed the need to visit the official Google Play store.
We couldn’t help but feel that old Facey B was getting a little big for its boots, and sure enough Google has clamped down on the practice.
Facebook’s justification for the updates was twofold, specifically that it was ensuring users had immediate access to the latest version of the app, and that the method was only employed where users allowed installation from external sources.
However, the Google Play Developer Program Policies document has been updated, and – in no uncertain terms – such conduct will no longer be tolerated.
Google states (not pointing at Facebook, honest): "An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play's update mechanism."
Ah well, I guess Facebook will have to make do with taking over your Android homescreen.
via: The Verge