Google announced recent updates and improvements to the Android App Bundles, designed to make apps easier to deliver and take up less space. In addition to the update, there are several beta features that are currently being tested, which will make it easier to deliver features or integrate instant programs.
- Less app packages
The biggest announcement for Android App Bundles is about making apps smaller. Android App packages are designed to let developers easily reduce the size of their apps to save users space on their devices.
With Android App Bundle, developers can build an artifact with the app's compiled code, resources, and native libraries. This eliminates the need to manage multiple APKs. Google Play Dynamic Delivery then uses the App Bundle to design and deliver APKs optimized for the device to download it, thus removing unused code and resources that otherwise only exist for another device.
Google says that App Bundles currently provide an average size reduction of 35 percent. With the addition of support for uncompressed native libraries, the company expects even smaller download sizes.
Additionally, developers can now build appbunts on Android Studio 3.2, as well as beta of Unity 201
- Beta Features
Google is also beta testing of multiple App Bundle features. Dynamic features module allows developers to download specific features on the app on request, saving space on the original app download and ensuring that users do not waste space on features they do not use.
Google tests also enable instant apps with Android App packages. Instant apps allow users to launch and test applications right from Google Play without installation; The feature is often used in mobile games, but several programs of different types are finding user for instant app features. Android Studio 3.3 beta enables developers to publish instant-enabled bundles without maintaining their own code from the rest of the app.
- What Developers Should Do
Google's idea behind App Bundles is simple: smaller apps are more likely to be downloaded and less likely to be uninstalled. The data behind this indicates that each 6 MB increases to an app size, resulting in a 1 percent reduction in the install conversion rate. Similarly, when users spend less space on their devices, they will more likely uninstall the larger apps that use the most space. As such, App Bundles can provide benefits for App Store optimization.
Developers with Android apps should watch Android App packages to find out how to reduce app sizes. If they already use Android Studio 3.2 or Unity 2018, it will be easy to start customizing their programs for bundles.
Features that the dynamic features can be called in the description so that users know that they can save space by just downloading the parts of the app they want to use. Likewise, Instant Apps can be an effective way of demonstrating the app on potential users and increasing conversion rates. It shows that the app's possibilities in advance are an effective way to win new users.
Any enhancements to an app provide new opportunities to reach new users or win back old. Android App Bundles presents new ways to help drive downloads and reduce installers for developers concerned about the size of their apps.