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    By abandoning the APK, Google has officially introduced AAB as the standard Play Store format
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    Since Android was created, Android apps have always been available in APK format. APK stands for Android Package and means "Android Package". In 2018, Google unveiled a new format for Android apps called AAB - abbreviated Android App Bundle - at the Google I/O event. Since then, thousands of applications in this format have reached Google Play. But according to the news that was published on the official blog of Android developers on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 (July 8, 1400), the AAB format is going to officially replace the APK. Thus, from the beginning of August this year, only applications with AAB format will be allowed to enter Google Play.

     By abandoning the APK, Google has officially introduced AAB as the standard Play Store format

    According to Google, more than 1 million applications in Google Play have been developed in bundle format. Among the popular apps and games in the first thousand Google Play, most of them - including Adobe, Gameloft, Dolingo, redBus, Netflix, Riafy and Twitter - are bundled. Now, the question that arises here is what are the advantages of AAB or bundle format over APK that Google has officially said goodbye to APK with this firm decision? In answer to this question, Google points out some of the advantages of AAB:

    - Less volume, faster download

    Google Play uses bundles, APK files for configurations and languages Creates and optimizes different. As such, the final size of the AAB file is on average up to 15% smaller than the APK file and will be faster to download. This can encourage more users to install the app and prevent uninstalls.

    - Google Play Signature

    Google Play Signature is required for all AAB format applications. According to Google, this feature, thanks to the use of the company's security infrastructure, prevents the loss of your application's signature key and offers you the option to upgrade to a new signature key (with more powerful encryption).

    https://mobiletony.com By abandoning the APK, Google has officially introduced AAB as the standard Play Store format

    - Play Feature Delivery

    More than 10% of the top Google Play apps in bundle format have Play Feature Delivery feature. This feature allows you to specify which feature modules are available, when, and to which device.

    https://mobiletony.com By abandoning the APK, Google has officially introduced AAB as the standard Play Store format

    - Play Asset Delivery

    According to this feature, the waiting time and the volume of packages provided to the user are reduced by removing unrelated items. For example, if the graphic and processing set of the device does not support some of the features in advanced games, there is no need to download these items from the user, and thus saves Internet consumption and valuable internal memory space.

    - Upcoming Improvements

    Signing up Google Play Apps or Play App Signing will soon launch the fourth version of the APK Signature Scheme for some selected apps, allowing apps to be optional Access the future features of newer devices.

    According to some sources, thanks to the bundle format, developers have more control over the distribution of updates, which can make the process of updating applications faster and more efficient. Another interesting feature of the bundle is that an application can be divided into several pieces. For example, imagine a game application that many users do not even go beyond the first stage. So why not download all the content of the game app (up to the final stage giant!) From the beginning? Thanks to the Play Asset Delivery feature, the next steps of the game can be downloaded at the required time.

    It should be noted that, in addition to the positives about AAB format, there are two important - and perhaps challenging - issues with this new format.

    First, the developers who intend to In addition to Google Play launching your app on other distribution channels - such as the Amazon App Store or Huawei App Gallery - they will have to get the APK version out of their app. Of course, this is not difficult for the developer to do, but this means that if a developer wants his application to be available only on Google Play, he will have this power. In such cases, users will have to output the APK in AAB format themselves, because * .aab files are not compatible with other app stores.

    https://mobiletony.com By abandoning the APK, Google has officially introduced AAB as the standard Play Store format

    The second issue concerns the issue of Google Play signature. Developers must provide their application signature key to Google in order to output an AAB application as an APK. This puts Google in a position of power. The key to signing up for an app is actually proving that a particular developer has created a particular application. Although it may seem unlikely, on paper it is possible that Google will sign an application from a developer. Also, someone may access this key and then sign the application in their own name. However, some developers may be reluctant to use the bundle format.

    Finally, although from the beginning of August, applications can only be registered in Google Play in bundle format, this rule is only for new applications and previous applications - which are in APK format in Google Play Found - can continue to appear on Google Play in the same format as before.





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