For so long as Android has been round, Android apps have been launched within the APK format (which stands for Android Bundle). Nonetheless, in 2018, Google launched a brand new format known as Android App Bundles, or AAB (with the filename *.aab). Google touted that this new format would end in smaller app file sizes and simpler methods to regulate varied points of apps. Of the tens of millions of apps on the Google Play Retailer, 1000’s of them already use the AAB system.
Immediately, Google introduced that the AAB format will now formally exchange Android APKs. Which means beginning in August of this yr, all new apps submitted to the Google Play Retailer should come within the AAB format. Apps which might be presently APKs can keep that approach — at the least for now.
Alright, the place’s the catch? There’s going to be a catch, proper?
Not like APKs, Android App Bundles can not exist exterior of Google Play and can’t be distributed exterior of it. Which means builders switching from APK to App Bundles can now not present the very same bundle or expertise on different app sources except they decide to take care of a separate APK model. This naturally places third-party app shops at an obstacle, however Google will more than likely play up the Play Retailer’s safety as a significant purpose to keep away from these sources anyway.
There it’s! After all any technological step ahead within the trendy monopolised world of know-how has to come back with anti-consumer options or limitations that take management away from customers. It’s like a legislation.