Google Updates Android Dev Tools To Aid in Smaller App Downloads

Posted by at 9:22 am on October 18, 2018

Google today updated its Play Store developer tools, giving app writers more latitude to build and test their apps. To start, the Android App Bundle should allow for downloads that are 8% smaller, and on-device packages that are 16% smaller.

Google says it should be easier for developers to jump to Android Studio 3.2 (stable) for creating bundles, which now support larger app sizes. Developers can create apps up to 500 MB in size without needing expansion files.

Google is taking another try at instant apps. The company increased the size limit of instant apps — which are apps that run even when not installed on a device — to 10 MB. This gives developers freedom to offer more of their app instantly.

Plus, Google has dropped the requirement that instant apps include a published app bundle. The new Android Studio 3.3 (beta) makes it possible for developers to create a range of app bundles and instant apps.

Google says Google Play Instant is now available to premium titles, and as pre-registration campaigns so people can test-drive the games before release.

Other changes include tools for retaining subscribers, more flexible subscription pricing, better metrics, and simpler app updates.

Google says these tools will roll out piecemeal to developers over the next few months.

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