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Self-Updating Apps (allowed or not?)

05-18-2010, 07:01 AM
#1
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Self-Updating Apps (allowed or not?)

I thought apps self updating outside of the normal app store process was a big no-no? A friend of mine pointed out 'We Rule' to me. It will update itself, forcing you to restart the app.
05-20-2010, 08:46 PM
#2
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IIRC pocket legends and IMO does this also. Seems to me a MMO thing.

05-20-2010, 09:17 PM
#3
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Eliminate pro also

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05-20-2010, 10:02 PM
#4
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The games that are able to do updates by themselves are ones where the majority of the game resides on the servers. MMO's are a perfect example of that since items can be balanced and new area can be added.
05-21-2010, 07:27 AM
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Yeah, I believe in a nutshell:
- You cannot automatically update the code that runs on the device,
- You are free to update the code that runs on your server.

But why We Rule required a restart if it was the server end that changed, I dunno? Maybe it's breaking the rules and Apple either didn't notice or considered it an acceptable use.
05-21-2010, 09:49 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EssentialParadox View Post
Yeah, I believe in a nutshell:
- You cannot automatically update the code that runs on the device,
- You are free to update the code that runs on your server.

But why We Rule required a restart if it was the server end that changed, I dunno? Maybe it's breaking the rules and Apple either didn't notice or considered it an acceptable use.
That was pretty much my line of thinking. If it's just server code/data, there should be no need to force the app to quit and restart.
05-21-2010, 11:54 AM
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Maybe the game needs to download updated data from the server and can only do so when it's starting (probably due to some lazy coding...)

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