Recently, I've noticed Google Play Store automatically "updating" apps, even when auto-updates are explicitly disabled.
I put "updating" in quotes, because all the apps in question don't truly have any updates available (according to the Google Play Store). Yet Google Play Store is downloading updates for these apps, and tools like SD Maid indicate recent "Last update" dates for each of these apps.
This updating is happening to almost every app. It's not limited to 1 or 2 apps, or a few specific developers.
An example is Date Calculator Pro. Google Play Store indicates the last update for that app was the 25th of December, 2020. But I caught Google Play Store updating that app today.
I suspect Google changed some policies and either Google itself is pushing updates to non-Google apps, or developers are scrambling to issue new "updates", even when no new functionality is added. But what's really weird is that the Google Play Store does not indicate any recent updates for any of these apps, and version numbers are not incremented.
Those are just my guesses. What's really going on?