Android Market App Limit Raised To 4 GB From 50 MB
Android applications, until now, have been limited to 50 MB, forcing developers to create slim and trim applications. Although an increase in that limit to 4 GB promises greater ranges in apps, such as high-quality 3D interactive games, Google´s change is mostly symbolic in nature, ensuring users have the appropriate time necessary if they want to request an app refund.
There´s nothing worse than downloading an application just to find out you´ve run out of storage when downloading in-game content.
The size of the APK file will still be limited to 50 MB to ensure secure on-device storage, but developers can now attach expansion files to their application package (APK), writes Tim Bray for Android Developers Blog. Each app can have two expansion files, each one up to 2 GB, in whatever format they choose.
In the Android Market, these expansion files are added to the 50 MB size of the application so users know how much space the app will ℠really´ take up, writes Sam Koutroulakis for Android Community.
Most newer devices should download expansion files automatically, but for older ones it downloads them when you first run the application. The sooner developers take advantage of this extra space on the Android Market the better, because installation via its servers are very fast opposed to some others.
Google has included some ℠Helpful Resources´ on their Android Developers blog for developers aspiring to implement these expansion files into their applications, so if you are an Android developer, you may wish to look into these revisions.
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