Android apps that you have installed from Google's Play store update automatically, usually. It is a background process that you have no control over. While you find information about updates later in the notifications list, the list itself does not reveal any information on the update itself. You do not really know what has been changed with the update. You could open the apps' Google Play store page and open the what's new tab there to find out what has been updated but that is a lot of work, and especially so if you have more than a couple apps installed that get updated regularly.
Changelog Droid is a free application for Android devices that displays the changelog of all of your recently updated Android apps or apps for which updates are available. This depends on whether you have enabled automatic updates for apps or not.
To find that out open the Google Play store and click on the menu button afterwards. Select Settings from the context menu and look at the Auto-update apps setting here. Back to Changelog Droid. The program displays updates in chronological order on the screen in list form which means that the release notes for all apps are listed on one page and not multiple pages.
You can configure Changelog Droid to monitor the store for you to display notifications when updates for installed apps are available. What's interesting is that you can also monitor non-installed apps this way, so that you can keep tabs on an application without installing it. This may be interesting if you are waiting for errors to be resolved for instance, or a feature that you need to be included in the app before you install it on your phone or tablet. A blacklist feature is available which you can use to block updates for selected apps.
The free version of Changelog Droid displays advertisement, a commercial version is available that does not and provides you with themes that you can install.
The application requests a lot of permissions. The developer explains why individual permissions are requested by the app so that you know for what functionality it is needed.
The option to be notified about application updates before they are installed is definitely welcome as it gives you better control over the updating process. The application is compatible with all version of Android from 2.2 on.
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