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"Delta" smart updates now working in Google Play

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One of the smaller announcements from Google I/O this year was that Google was going to start allowing apps to be smarter about how they push updates through the Play Store. So far, if you were updating an app, you'd have to download the entire APK again. That idea wasn't so bad at first, but since Google upped the size limit of apps to 4GB, the idea became somewhat less palatable. 

We noticed a couple days ago that the new "delta" smart app updates had been enabled when updating The Dark Knight Rises, which would have been a 1.8GB download under the old system. However, this time around the update was just 20MB or so. This will not only help users save data, but in this case it turns an update which would have had to be done on WiFi to one that could easily be done on mobile data. 

Game makers are no doubt going to be the first developers to adopt the new update package options, but we're hoping to see it more with all apps, because a few MB here and there can make a difference when you're on a limited data plan. 

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posted on 16 Aug 2012, 16:47 14

1. Aeires (unregistered)


Very cool idea, nice job Google.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 23:16 1

6. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Apple iOS has delta updates for a file. It's a blessing saving time and bandwidth.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 17:27

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


"We noticed a couple days ago that the new "delta" smart app updates had been enabled when updating The Dark Knight Rises, which would have been a 1.8GB download under the old system. However, this time around the update was just 20MB or so."

WOW now this is good news!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 18:42 1

3. skymitch89 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Nice to hear, and I'll try it out with Google Maps and IMDB in a bit. I hope that this feature is available for all/most Android devices and not just 4.0 and above.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 23:45

7. cyborg009 (Posts: 92; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


I remember from Google IO they had said it would be supported for devices with 2.3 and above

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 18:54

4. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Already seen these delta updates.. Examples some apps which are 8mb etc only download like 1mb and then start installing... Great feature and more than just a little bump into say...

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 19:06

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


thats amazing man seriously...

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