[tbb-bugs] #26242 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Implement update strategy for TBA

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#26242: Implement update strategy for TBA
 Reporter:  igt0                      |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                    |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                    |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser  |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                    |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  tbb-mobile                |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by sysrqb):

 Replying to [comment:6 sysrqb]:
 > Replying to [comment:5 igt0]:
 > > Yes, however differently of Desktop, the app doesn't control when the
 user should update and it doesn't handle the update, Android does it
 > >
 > > Replying to [comment:4 mcs]:
 > > > Replying to [comment:3 gk]:
 > > > > So, to be clear wrt the basics the general update strategy on
 Android is just to get a new .apk over the old one, right? Or is there a
 cleverer one with just applying diffs?
 > > >
 > > > It sounds like the Google Play Store update mechanism uses deltas.
 > > > https://android-developers.googleblog.com/2016/07/improvements-for-
 > > >
 > > > For F-Droid, they have an open issue for that feature:
 > > > https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient/issues/450
 > Right. (See also #25587). I'm concerned about two situations regarding
 distributing updates.
 > 1) We need alternatives for the app marketplaces. This may mean
 distributing the app as a download from our website along with the desktop

 Although not directly related to updating, one problem we will have with
 providing downloads directly from our website is how users can verify the
 apk is authentic. This is something the marketplaces (to some extent)
 handle. I don't have a good solution right now. I opened #26318 for that
 (I don't think we already have a ticket for it).

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/26242#comment:7>
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