Google Boosts Android App Size from 50MB to 4GB
Google today announced via the Android Developers Blog that applications no longer have to adhere to a 50MB limit. Moving forward, developers will be able to offer application up to 4GB in size (two 2GB downloads). The increase in size is accomplished by allowing developers to attach expansion files to Android APKs. According to Google, the expansion files will be downloaded by Android devices separately, and users will know the size of the total install size prior to downloading. Upping the maximum size from 50MB to 4GB will give developers more freedom to create appealing and expansive Android applications.
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Google Hopes New API Will Improve Android Wear Complications
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Twitter Unifying iPhone and iPad App UIs
Twitter said it is bridging the gap between its iPhone and iPad applications so users have the same experience no matter which device they pick up. The iPhone and iPad apps were originally developed separately, according to Twitter.
Google Bumps Up Android APK Limit to 100MB
Google today increased the APK file size limit from 50MB to 100MB, which means developers will be able to create bigger, more complete apps available in a single download. Moving forward, users will only be warned when downloading apps that are larger than 100MB and still make use of Expansion Files (additional downloads not part of the main app install).
iOS Apps Can Now Be As Big As 4 GB
Apple has increased the maximum size of applications allowed in the iOS App Store from 2 GB to 4 GB. Apple says this should allow developers to "include more media in [their] submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation." The majority of apps fall well under 100MB in size, but games increasingly need more storage.
Good or bad?
hopefully we can have java applet now!