Home Technology Android TV will require App Bundles in 2023, should reduce app size by 20%

Android TV will require App Bundles in 2023, should reduce app size by 20%

by News Desk
0 comment

Android TV will be less greedy for storage in the future.Google announced Android App Bundles (AAB), Android’s space-saving app file format, will eventually become the standard for Android TV. In six months, by May 2023, Google will require all Android TV apps to switch to the new file format. This can reduce your app’s storage requirements by 20%.

Android TV storage has always been tight as hardware manufacturers want to make smart TV and set-top box hardware as cheap as possible. This often means shipping with minimal storage. According to Google, “By 2022, the minimum storage size for smartphones will likely be 64 GB, while the average smart TV will be just 8 GB.” Google itself is actually the big culprit here, his Google Chromecast with Google TV he only comes with 8 GB of storage.It’s not enough, many people Insufficient storage On a new Chromecast with only minimal content apps installed.There are 10,000 Android TV apps out there, some of which have the greatest reach 10 GB or moreHowever, most Android TV users cannot install it.

The Android App Bundle isn’t a silver bullet for poorly designed and storage-poor devices, but it does help a little. The Android App Bundle was announced with Android 9 2018 As a way to save device storage by splitting your app into modules instead of one big monolithic APK (the old Android app format) containing all possible data. Android apps support a variety of languages, display resolutions, and CPU architectures, but only a few of these options need to be selected for individual devices to work. The Android App Bundle integrates with the Play Store to create a dynamic delivery system for each module. Your phone tells the Play Store which modules it needs, and Google’s servers put together the appropriate packages and send them to your device. Developers can also move lesser-used app features into bundles for users to download on the fly as needed.

App Bundles essentially move a lot of app packaging responsibilities to the cloud, Google’s cloud. This causes quite a few Google lock-ins. Developers must upload their app signing key and codebase to Google’s servers. Google’s servers are responsible for compiling your app into perhaps 100+ modules. The Play Store is responsible for detecting what your phone needs to deliver these modules on-the-fly. But even if a third-party app store could replicate all of this, it’s quite possible that a developer wouldn’t be interested in trusting a million different app stores to use their signing keys.

According to Google, an Android App Bundle saves an average of about 20% space compared to a monolithic APK. This would be a great help for those storage-hungry devices. From 2021 onwards, it will be a mandatory standard for smartphones and tablets, and six months later it will be mandatory for TV apps as well. Developers who don’t switch in time will have to start working as their TV app will be hidden from search. Google estimates that “in most cases, it takes about 3 days for one engineer to migrate.”

Exhibition image Google

You may also like

Leave a Comment

Copyright ©️ All rights reserved. | Canadian Trends