At last! Beefed-up Android applications. Sort of

Google raise Android Market app limit to 4GB

Chris Mayer
Android-cool

Android developers get a lot more room to play with as Google expands the Android Market limit to 4GB. Your APK file still stays small though.

Google have opened up restrictions to Android developers,
extending the maximum application size from a meagre and
minimalistic 50MB to a beefy 4GB, meaning we could see the
next-generation of bigger and faster applications cropping up
soon.

The announcement was made on the official Android Developer
blog
 but it’s important to note that the size
of your APK file is still limited to
50MB
 to ensure secure on-device storage, but it’s now
possible to add expansion files to your APK. Now every app has
the option of two expansion files, 2GB apiece, which the Android
Market will host and bundle together. Users can now see
the total size of your app and all of the downloads before they
install/purchase, which can only be a good thing.

The 50MB cap on Android apps has long been chastised for
limiting developers in what they could do with their applications.
But thanks to advances, such as the appearance of
armour-plated quad-core phones and ultra-high resolution
screens, the increase in app package capacity is long
overdue.

In truth, not many apps ever go above that 50MB and if it
did, why would you download a 4GB file on your phone? This small
move appears to be an olive branch to games developers, who
previously would have to host any excess baggage
themselves.

Either way, it’s a necessary move from Android to
accomodate a growing sector of games developers who use their
platform and give them a greater capacity to create better
things.

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