Android Market now supports multiple APKs

Android Market now supports multiple APKs
Even though fragmentation on Android is becoming less pronounced given that 96.4% of Android devices are running 2.1+ there are still issues, especially now with tablets coming into the market. In another attempt to end fragmentation, and to make it easier for developers to manage apps, Google is now allowing multiple APKs for each product listing in the Android Market. 

The way it has historically worked is that each listing would only represent one APK, or installer file. So, if developers wanted to have a version of their app that supported Android 1.5+ and another for 2.2+, the dev would have to have separate listings for that app. Additionally, if developers didn't want to use the new fragments system in order to have one app that could work across phones and tablets, again there would need to be multiple listings. 

Now, developers can have multiple APKs per product listing that are distributed based on the device and OS version of the user. This makes it easier for developers to manage their apps, but it also reduces clutter and confusion in the Android Market by having one listing for each app. And, this should also allow developers to make apps and games smaller, because each APK doesn't need to contain data to cover any device. This will also allow developers to target specific devices with different versions of an app, which could be as simple as different capabilities based on your OS version, or it could mean a device with a higher resolution screen gets the HD APK instead of the lower res graphics. 

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32 Comments

1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Apple has been doing this for ages. As usual, Google is slow to catch up.

4. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

piss off Miz, sincerely, Alex Riley

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, ok.

5. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I seriously think the only thing you do all day is get on pa to comment on articles about android just to get a rise out of people. Go outside and play or something, little boy.

22. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yeah, like you guys do to iPhone articles? Pot kettle black. And btw, the beatles weren't good.

26. deezy

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

Your apple god likes to think otherwise Miz but I agree. Overrated for sure.

28. beatlesfan

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I dont know what you mean by you guys first of all. I am not a blind sheep to any brand or product. Secondly you're going to knock the beatles and you're a Wwe fan. Typical 15 year old boy to like watching grown men in tights wrestling around with h each other but not appreciate good music.

7. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

sorry miz, but apple is the one having to do all the catching up now, hmm 2007 os... umm ya apple is quite a bit behind now...

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Android OS hasn't changed since G1. New animations and new clocks.....basically the same format more or less

20. MOUAZ unregistered

format does nothing ... microsoft windows for pc have the same format ... even apple .... every os has its own interface ... ANDROID ROX . . . where u get freedom

27. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

what about adding flash support, NFC, and the different skins that manufacturers add to change its look

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hey miz, how is that multitasking, dual core, improved notifications, with customizable backgrounds n such working on the iphone.. oh its not. As usual, idiot ibots have nothing to say of relevance or fact. So, apple has been doing this for ages? why? according to all you iBots there is only "1 iphone" against the android army. if that were true ,then there wouldnt need to be multiple versions of the app for multiple variations of the iphone and iOS's... lol

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Awesome...lol...why are people such...youknowwhats??

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

When considering growth and sales, it's mainly the iPhone 4 versus a handful of Android devices. But that doesn't mean there aren't users using 3GS or even 3G. Don't be dumb. Dual core is the only thing missing. Customizable backgrounds are too I guess, but I think we'll live. But why is google bothering? Developers have shown that they don't really care that much about Android. Can't say I blame them either.

23. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Hey remixfa, how's those forced closes, the personal permission requirment apps, the background data usage, and so on treating you? Oh yeah lol, I just described android phones because we all know how inferior they are to an Apple device. It's a fact.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

good move from google. Hopefully this means apps designed for all platforms like Facebook and Google maps will finally get SD card install options.

6. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

shut up miz all u do is talk sh*t like your iphone is a dam god that sh*t so 2007..wake up..excuse me while i go play with my dual core droid sorry can apple say that i dont think so

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why is everything GOOGLE v APPLE?? GOOG+ on APPLE MARKET is doing great, so there is proof that the 2 can get along.

24. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Because Apple is a far better OS maker than Google's Android. I think Google should rename Android to Bugdroid since Android is so damn buggy lol.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Weird, my phone does not have such bugs on it and it specs are better than IPHONE 2G all they wau to IPHONE 4.

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

You guys are stupid.. dont pay attention to the obvious trolls, i love apple as much as the next guy, but you can obviously tell that people like the_miz are just trolls trying to make you mad as a joke.... >.

11. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I just see this as getting confusing for the many many people who have no idea how to work phones. But who cares about those people? They should learn anyways. I'm OK with this.

12. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I was just thinking the same thing. There's sooo many people that have no idea what version of Android their phone is running. Actually... I'd go so far as to say MOST people don't know what version they have. We know cause we're smart-phone freaks, lol, but the average joe has no clue.

15. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Totally true I laugh a little inside when I ask someone what version of Android they are running and they give a look like a dog when its confused. They cock their head ever so slightly and just stare with a glazed look over their eyes.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

what im curious about is what this will do to the app market numbers when apps get aggregated under one heading. Will they still "count" as 2 separate apps or will google just count each heading as 1 app no matter how many variations are in the market.

16. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Interesting I hope it's the latter because it will feel like cheating on Google's part to up their app count.

17. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

So, Google is progressing, and Android is improving again. What's new :)

25. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Android is improving? Since when?

30. iPoop

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

since it was first introduced.

29. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

i use android and apple....android phone is better than i phone, but the ipad is better, thats my opinion. My sgs2 is away better than the i-phone, waaaayyyy better in every department.the iphone was my 1st choice for a new phone till the arrival of the sgs2. Just stating facts..

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