How Android App Bundles Are Going To Replace APKs

APKs are being replaced by Android App Bundles in the global market. Let's find out the hows and whys of this impactful change in the mobile industry.

Android App Bundles is the format used by Google Apps for Android devices in order to make publishing and usage/releasing of applications easier. It leaps previous benefits offered by APKs which we will discuss thoroughly.

Android App bundles vs APKs: Modernization vs Inconvenience 

The primary difference between these two is the refined nature of App Bundles. APKs need to be installed individually in order to provide you with the services needed and App Bundles compress the same APK files and make downloading easier. We can summarize the main differences like this:

  • APK files are heavier in size which takes time to install 
  • Downloads by AAB are much faster due to maximum size of files being kept at 150 MB
  • APKs keep two copies of applications, compressed and uncompressed whereas AAB is programmed to have one copy by default. 

Features of Android App Bundles 

The Play Asset Delivery

This feature is relatively beneficial for mobile gamers as it involves compression of applications. Moreover, if any file is larger than the authoritative size of 150 Mbs, the Play Asset Delivery function makes the downloading process smoother. Another distinct advantage is the assurity it provides in terms of security. They are directly linked to Google Store and not some third party website. The main concern is coding within the applications. And how PAD affects the process of installation if users want to play the game while non coding features can be installed in the background. This will prove to be a groundbreaking technology. 

The Play Feature Delivery 

A very futuristic feature which makes Android App Bundles an even better option. The Play Feature Delivery makes app starting extremely convenient. By preferring features that are needed to launch an app, AABs can help start an app midway through installation. So, users can waste no time in getting to know how it works. This makes for more accessibility and less problems with lagging phones when new games or apps are downloaded. The idea is centered around Google acknowledging how attention spans have decreased. Gamers especially require the most up to date features to keep their interest alive. 

The Problem 

The World of Google

The main concern some active APK users have is that Android App Bundles are strictly bound by Google Playstore rules and regulations. This means access to limited applications and third party providers would no doubt suffer. The developers who jump from APK to AABs will also have to adjust accordingly. Since APKs are more free in terms of distribution, whereas Android App Bundles have to be confined within the Google Play Store rules. Contrary to that, recent updates are released stating Google will allow users to download a sophisticated APK version of applications. This version can then be distributed to third party integrations. The only downside is that exclusive features like PAD and PFD will stay connected to only Google Play Store. 

Are AABs worth the exclusivity?

The future of Android will change from August 2021 as Android App Bundles will be made necessary for every application published on Google Play store. Google has promised many improvements and as we have looked at them in this article, it begs the question: Are AABs actually worth it? The answer is simply yes. From smaller app sizes to multitasking and authenticity, they are in every way an upgrade. The older APKs relied on third party associations, compromising privacy and risking user data while affecting phone performance with excessively large files and slow downloads. Overall, Android App Bundles should be welcomed and adopted in order to experience the best of Google Play Store.

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