At last! Beefed-up Android applications. Sort of

Google raise Android Market app limit to 4GB

Chris Mayer

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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