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Re: App updates question...
As far as my knowledge goes, the answer to your question is yes, again. Unlike in other systems, updates for apps don't just apply patches or updated code to the original code (like, say, in Windows). The app is updated by the dev via adding or changing code in the original and then the entire updated code or app is available for download. While I agree that having to re-download the all of the original information instead of a patch is a redundant way to do things, that is what we have in the Android system.
Originally Posted by obidos
As far as having to re-download 1GB of apps because of updates, if you are talking about data and data caps, you'd have a better shot at winning the Powerball multiple times that having all of your apps get updated at the same time. The caveat to that is some of the newer games are going to be very sizable (some over 1GB), so updates to those would need to be done over WiFi (the same might be said when Google releases Maps as a standalone file that doesn't need a data connection to update, which they are planning to do).