Google made their camera app update available on the play store. This update does replace the system app.

BUT I do not want that update, since I use the countdown-timer, wich is not available after the update.

So I went into app-mgmt, deinstalled the update, unchecked notify-updates.

But - it still keeps updating that app from time to time.

I even disabled the general option in play to notify me when updates are available. That disabled updates for ALL apps.

After manually updating all other apps - guess what was updated again automatically?

Yes - camera.

So how can I permanently disable that specific update?

  • I knew this would happen yesterday when I wrote this answer too. As of today Google is rolling out an update for the new camera that puts the timer back. So you should see this update in the next few days, so the answer won't be needed.
    – abqnm
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 20:18
  • @abqnm A solution might apply to other apps as well. And I need a 1s timer, which is still not possible.
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 21:04

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The notify when updates are available option has no effect on auto updating apps. You need to disable "Auto Update Apps" right below that option. Also, in the Play Store, go to the camera app listing and tap the menu button (either physical menu key if equipped or the 3-dot menu in the top right) and make sure "Auto Update" is not checked for the camera app. This should prevent it from updating. Keep in mind this update will still appear in your list of app updates in the Play Store, so you will be unable to use the "Update All" function since this will include the camera app in the apps to be updated.

  • There is no such option below the notify on updates. But I did disable auto-updates on the play-store for that app. I'll see...
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 21:00
  • @Nils that is the primary one that matters so it shouldn't update on its own. Just make sure never to hit the update all button, as that will update it.
    – abqnm
    Commented Jun 1, 2014 at 23:36
  • Worked. I got a notification, but only all other apps got auto-updated.
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 5, 2014 at 8:12

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