Google play forces updates like Windows 10

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Microsoft recently copped flak over forcing users to accept Windows 10 updates. Some users have reported serious problems from Windows 10 updates which included system failure. Now Google is following the same path. Google Play now has a term in the licencing agreement which allows Google to force update any software on Android devices. Without root access most users will be SOL to block or fix problems.

The relevant text reads:
Updates. You may need to install updates to Google Play or related Google software that we introduce from time to time to use Google Play and to access or download Content. Content originating from Google may communicate with Google servers from time to time to check for available updates to the Content and to the functionality of Google Play, such as bug fixes, patches, enhanced functions, missing plug-ins and new versions (collectively, "Updates"). Your use of the Content you have installed requires that you have agreed to receive such automatically requested Updates. If you do not agree to such automatically requested and received Updates then please do not use the Google Play store or install this Content.

Full terms at:

Re: Not really the same. (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2016-01-10 14:58 (#107NR)

What troubles me is the bait-and-switch nature of EULAs these days. I'm a big fan of Android and have a lot of time invested in the platform (curating my music and apps, for a start). If they introduce a term in the EULA that I object to at some point in the future, along with a "please don't use the platform if you don't want to comply" clause, my choices are either suck it up or stand by my value and abandon the platform - not an easy choice to make.
See also: "How to boil a frog"
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