If you are an app developer, then you would know that the maximum size of an APK file of an app that you can upload on Google Play Store was 50 MB. However, Google recently increased the maximum size of the APK file to 100 MB.
This change has been made to support the growing number of developers and to give them a change to build awesome apps and games for Android devices that provides the smartphone users an amazing experience. Now, the developers will be able to publish apps of up to 100 MB size and according to the official Google blog post, the users will see a warning only when the size of the app exceeds the 100 MB quota.
Although, this is a really nice change as the apps and games on Google play store will now get more features, Google has made it clear that even though, the maximum app size has been increase to 100 MB from 50 MB, it doesn’t mean that you should make your app bigger when you can accomplish the same thing in a compact size.
With smartphones and tablets becoming powerful and equipped with latest technologies, it is impossible to provide the best apps experience in small sizes. However, Google did allow developers to use Expansion files that allowed the size of various apps and games to be as large as 2 GB.
So, now these expansion files will be used only if the size of the APK file exceeds 100 MB and not if it’s more than 50 MB.
— Android Developers (@AndroidDev) September 28, 2015
Although this is a welcome change, Google has made it clear that just because you can make the app bigger doesn’t mean that you should. It has wrote down some points that every developer should keep in mind, like:
Mobile Data Connectivity: Users around the world have varying data connectivity speed, so developers have to consider the fact that users with slow Internet connection are less likely to install an app with large size.
Mobile Data Caps: Almost all the mobile companies give a limited number of MBs or GBs that users can use each month. So, it should be made easy for users to download apps without worrying about additional charges.
App Performance: The bigger the app’s size, the more features it will offer and it is surely going to consume a lot of RAM to run efficiently. Most of the Android smartphones have a limited RAM and this should be kept in mind while developing an app or game.
Install Time: The larger the size of the APK is, the longer it will take time to install. People don’t like waiting for a long time to install the app.
The developer docs haven’t yet been updated to reflect the changes, but that’s going to happen very soon. So, let us know what you think about Google’s latest move to increase the APK size limit to 100 MB from 50 MB.