The APK format that has been the only format of apps on the Google Play Retailer and likewise synonymous with sideloading on Android units is coming to an finish. The format shall be changed with Google’s newer AAB format (Android App Bundles). Google formally introduced the choice to modify to AABs at the moment.
Beginning August this 12 months, all apps shall be required to submitted within the newer AAB format. First launched in 2018, the AAB format is ready to deliver smaller file sizes to new apps and make different facets simpler to regulate.
Many apps on the Google Play Retailer are already utilizing the newer format. In the meantime, apps which are within the APK part can keep that means for now. Nonetheless, Google may pull the plug on that too in subsequent years, though the corporate has not revealed something on that entrance but.
What does this imply for shoppers?
For the common client, the change from APKs to AABs ought to come as a excellent news, as AABs provide small file sizes, 15 per cent smaller than APKs to be particular. It is usually excellent news for builders, who will now have extra management and adaptability over their apps, leading to sooner and extra environment friendly updates too.
Nonetheless, there are additionally a couple of cons with AABs. The primary of those is that AABs will not be supported throughout different app shops just like the Amazon App Retailer or the Huawei’s App Gallery. Builders who’re additionally publishing their Android apps on these shops might want to manually export APK variations anyway.
The transfer is also seen as a option to preserve Android apps solely obtainable on the Google Play Retailer. So far as sideloading is taken into account, APK sideloading ought to nonetheless be supported in present Android variations because the format is just not fully banned and the choice solely applies to newer apps for now.