Google’s annual Android Dev Summit kicked off today in California today and the company has outlined some of the new features that developers will be able to explore for future mobile devices.

Some of the highlights include interfaces for foldable phones, like the one Samsung just detailed last night, as well as updates to the navigation and work management on devices.

One of the more interesting announcements is the fact that Google will be giving devs the ability to update Android apps while people are using them.

This in-app update ability will be available via a new API, and will allow applications to run updates in the background if you’re using them. Google does, however, note that users will sometimes be booted out of the app should the update be deemed a critical one.

“You’ll have two options with this API; the first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect the user to wait for the update to be applied immediately. The second option is a flexible update, which means the user can keep using the app while the update is downloaded. You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app,” explained the Android blog post on the in-app update API.

For now the API is only available to developers with Google not mentioning when the feature will be baked into the latest version of Android.

As such we may only see it in action come the Google I/O developer conference next year as part of an Android Q preview.

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.