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Google Boosts Android App Size from 50MB to 4GB

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Mar 5, 2012, 9:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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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Mar 5, 2012, 11:52 PM

Good or bad?

Maybe I'm limited in my thinking here but, what type of apps would a person want to download on their phone, that makes since anyway, other than massive games. World of Warcraft?
This would mostly be for games and media. World of Warcraft is far too big to run...assuming you have all the patches and updates. It is in the 10GB range...unless a mobile version is developed. At this point, we will just have to wait and see.
If you peruse the later article regarding the name change for the market, it's clear Google is looking past just selling to Android owners.
How about a mobile version of Microsoft Office? Documents to Go is nice, but full MS Office.... 🤤

Mar 5, 2012, 10:28 PM

hopefully we can have java applet now!

so i can stream stock quote or level II quote!
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