Google announced that Android TV app developers must use a new publishing format next year that will make their apps an average of 20% smaller.
Posting on the Android Developers Blog(Opens in a new window), Google TV product leader Josh Wentz explained how developers must transition from using the old Android Package Kits (APKs) to Android App Bundles (AABs) for their Android TV OS apps in the coming months.
AABs allow the same app to be an average of 20% smaller compared to the APK version by optimizing for each device. They also have a useful archive feature which makes the app 60% smaller when not in use and avoids the need to uninstall them when running out of storage space. AABs work on all Android devices and they are delivered as a “single artifact” including all code and resources. For the end users it means more apps can be installed, they are delivered faster, and work on more devices.
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With storage on Smart TVs and media streamers remaining limited, a 20% space saving for apps is very good news. Google is giving developers until May 2023 to make the transition, but points out it takes a single developer only three days to migrate an app from APK to AAB. In other words, there’s really no excuse for a developer taking the time to do this for their apps. However, if they choose not to, then Google says it will simply hide APK apps from users in May meaning they won’t see any new installs.
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