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I know that when a new version of an app is published to the Play Store, users do not all see it immediately. This is understandable; even Google probably doesn't want its servers being hammered when a popular app is updated.

I thought the delay was on the order of days, but now I suspect it's much longer than that. I turned off automatic updates because I like to be aware of when apps are updated in case a new bug is introduced. I check for updates every couple of days. It's not uncommon to see that an app was updated two or three weeks ago, when no such update was visible to me two days ago.

Can it really take three weeks for users to see updated versions of apps?

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I guess it depends on how the developer targets the audience . If the developer chooses to do a staged rollout

You can release an app update to production using a staged rollout. With a staged rollout, your update reaches only a percentage of your users, which you can increase over time.

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For more details see the link

It's best to contact the developer and check

  • Interesting. Actually, what prompted me to finally ask this question was that I was contacted by a developer to inform me that a new version of an app was out with a critical bug fix. It's only been days, not weeks, but I'm getting annoyed at Google. – Kevin Krumwiede Feb 28 '18 at 5:23
  • Then you should check with him if this is the case – beeshyams Feb 28 '18 at 5:28
  • I am new to the process, my app has already taken over 12 hours to update, and I am getting annoyed. – live-love Jul 6 '18 at 16:16
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As far as my experience goes, as the release-manager for a popular app, once I roll out an update to 100%, I see the maximum adoption to the new version within 3-4 days.

Given we publish updates weekly and the app has a respectable penetration, YMMV.

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