Facebook Android Updates Must Now Go Solely Via Google Play, Not Home

Facebook can no longer push updates or beta updates to its Android users via Android overlay Home, as Google updated the terms and conditions of its Google Play store to close the loophole that was being used by the social network and other developers.

TechCrunch pointed out that the Dangerous Products section of the Google Play terms and conditions now reads:

Don’t transmit viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, malware, or any other items that may introduce security vulnerabilities to or harm user devices, applications, or personal data. We don’t allow content that harms, interferes with the operation of, or accesses in an unauthorized manner, networks, servers, or other infrastructure. Applications that collect information (such as the user’s location or behavior) without the user’s knowledge (spyware), malicious scripts, and password phishing scams are also prohibited on Google Play, as are applications that cause users to unknowingly download or install applications from sources outside of Google Play. 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.

TechCrunch reported that the change in policy was not aimed at Facebook, but rather at malicious apps.

Readers: Was this change by Google a fair one?

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