Google is phasing out APKs from the Play Store

Google has provided a timeline for a change promised last summer at Google I/O for Google Play developers: beginning in August, new Play apps will be required to be published using the Android App Bundle format. Apps will continue to be downloaded as APKs on your phone, but app bundles will build APKs optimized for your device.

The business boasts various potential gains with the new format, such as lower software downloads for users, on a Google website about Android App Bundle. However, there is a catch: Android Software Bundles are a format that is solely used by Google Play, which could make app redistribution more difficult.

Google’s announcement coincides with Microsoft’s introduction of Windows 11, which includes sideloading Android apps as APKs. Because of Google’s move to App Bundles, there may be fewer apps accessible for Microsoft’s new operating system. At the same time, you can purchase Android apps from the Amazon Appstore to work on Windows 11.

According to Google, the requirement to use Android App Bundles only applies to new apps. According to the company, existing apps and private apps launched to managed Google Play users are now excluded. And if you’re a developer working on a new app, you only have a few weeks to make sure it’s compatible with the new format.

Source: The Verge

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