HockeyApp "Check for updates" doesn't notify of new versions

Hey everyone,

I’m currently looking at implementing HockeyApp in an Ionic 3 app with these plugins:

“cordova-plugin-hockeyapp”: “^5.1.2”,
“ionic-hockeyapp”: “^0.2.0”,

The option to open a feedback form in the app works perfectly (using “;”), however, the “hockeyApp.checkHockeyAppUpdates();” command doesn’t seem to detect new app versions and doesn’t show any notifications or incentives to update to the latest version which it should do according to the docs here: The function doesn’t appear to do much.

What I’ve done so far (skipped unrelated lines:

import {Config, Platform, App, ToastController} from 'ionic-angular';
import {HockeyApp} from 'ionic-hockeyapp';

export class ScanApp {
    constructor(app: App, hockeyApp: HockeyApp, platform: Platform, statusBar: StatusBar, splashScreen: SplashScreen, config: Config, private pageProvider: PagesProvider, api: ApiProvider, private toastCtrl: ToastController, private network: Network) {
        platform.ready().then(() => {
            let androidAppId         = null;
            let iosAppId             = 'xxxxxxxxxxx'; // ID take from HockeyApp dashboard
            let autoSendCrashReports = true;
            let ignoreCrashDialog    = true;
            hockeyApp.start(androidAppId, iosAppId, autoSendCrashReports, ignoreCrashDialog);

            platform.registerBackButtonAction(() => {
                let nav = app.getRootNav();
                if (nav.canGoBack()) {
                } else {

I did notice a difference in the API from the the cordova-plugin and ionic-hockeyapp:
The cordova plugin has "hockeyapp.checkForUpdate();"
And the Ionic plugin has “hockeyApp.checkHockeyAppUpdates();”

Looking at the plugin’s code, it seems to be calling the regular checkForUpdate behind the scenes:

this.window[<any>'hockeyapp'].checkForUpdate((success:any) => {

But calling checkForUpdate results in an error that the function is not defined, so I assume I should be using checkHockeyAppUpdates.

Am I doing somethng wrong (perhaps something else has to be done besides calling checkHockeyAppUpdates)? Or is there a different way to call the function in Ionic?

Ionic info:

Cordova CLI: 6.5.0 
Ionic Framework Version: 3.9.2
Ionic CLI Version: 2.1.14
Ionic App Lib Version: 2.1.7
Ionic App Scripts Version: 3.1.7
ios-deploy version: 1.9.2 
ios-sim version: 6.1.2 
OS: macOS
Node Version: v7.10.0
Xcode version: Xcode 9.2 Build version 9C40b

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!