Google's Android Market now accepts app file sizes of up to 4GB, the better to serve users graphics-intensive games and other programs.
(NASDAQ: GOOG) March 5 raised the file size limit for Android Market application
submissions to 4GB, an effort to accommodate apps that require more local
Google allowed apps up to 50 megabytes. However, the proliferation of 3D
interactive games and other fat apps geared to run on today's smartphones and
tablet computers has forced Google to change its file size dimensions.
nature of dual-core processors and 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks will
encourage developers to build more resource-intensive apps, making Google's
move all the more important.
Google is also
limiting the size of developers APK files to 50MB because it said it wants to
preserve secure on-device storage. As a compromise, the company is letting
programmers attach expansion files to their APK. Each app can be bundled with
two expansion files, with each one comprising up to 2GB.
will now notify app users of apps' download files sizes going forward, will
host the files developers upload to the Android Market. Previously, those with
content beyond 50MB had to host their own material.
For most newer
devices, the expansion files will be downloaded automatically when a user
installs an app from the Android Market, and the refund period wont start
until the expansion files are downloaded.
devices, the app will download the expansion files the first time it runs, via
a downloader library Google has made available here.
efforts to improve the Android Market experience have been well documented,
both for the developers seeking to publish apps there and for the consumers
looking to download them.
Google just last week improved application statistics
in its Android Market to help publishers get a better handle on how users are
accessing and interacting with their applications.
Google revealed Android Market's Bouncer, a once secret malware-detection service that helps
ferret out malicious apps and viruses.