Android apps breaks 50MB size limit, high-quality games coming up

Android apps has been limited to a maximum size of 50MB for it to be maximized and work properly on the platform, this limitation is common for most of apps, the smaller it’s much better. However, today —-the Android app size limit is expanded to 4GB. Though everything is working normal on that previous 50MB limitation, a much larger file size will be bringing in high-quality interactive games that requires more local resources. So from here, you may expect some GPU-kicking apps coming up.

Here are some of the key points from the report:

The size of your APK file will still be limited to 50MB to ensure secure on-device storage, but you can now attach expansion files to your APK.

  • Each app can have two expansion files, each one up to 2GB, in whatever format you choose.
  • Android Market will host the files to save you the hassle and cost of file serving.
  • Users will see the total size of your app and all of the downloads before they install/purchase.

On most newer devices, when users download your app from Android Market, the expansion files will be downloaded automatically, and the refund period won’t start until the expansion files are downloaded. On older devices, your app will download the expansion files the first time it runs, via a downloader library which we’ve provided below.

Read more: Android Developers

 

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