Google Play managed to cut app sizes in half so you can keep more on your phone

Google Play managed to cut app sizes in half so you can keep more on your phone
Google Play’s director, Purnima Kochikar, decided to share some insights on how the app store has been improving over the recent months and what’s the company’s vision going forward.

One of the most notable improvements comes in the reduction of app sizes. Thanks to improved developer tools, the sizes of applications on the Play Store was reduced by up to 65%. Users with limited storage on their phones were now more willing to try different apps. This naturally led to an increase in installs and better retainability, which makes both publishers and Google happy.

Google puts a lot of effort in helping people find the app they need, including AI and machine learning, and it appears to be showing results. According to Kochikar, Play Store visits are up by 30% over the last 12 months.

User experience has been improved as well, with an up to 70% reduction in crash rates, again after Google delivered new tools to help developers optimize their software. Improved algorithms detect fraud, inappropriate content and malware with 99% accuracy, quite an achievement, considering that the systems must scan more than 50 billion apps a day to make sure no one is trying to break the rules.

One of the services that Google wants to bring to more developers is “Google Play Instant”. The function allows users to try out a game immediately, without having to install it on their devices. The "Try now" option is a quick way to see if the game will meet your expectations and if it's worth downloading. Play Instant is currently available for a small number of games, but Google is planning to include more developers in the upcoming months.

Google Play is becoming a more robust and streamlined platform, not an easy task with such a wide variety of devices that are running it, which is great news for Android and its users.

source: Android Developers Blog via Engadget



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Just get rid of inconsistent frame-rates aka LAG and everything will be real peachy. But for that; Google will have to somehow prioritize The UI thread ala iOS and Windows Mobile which is next to impossible; as far as I know. Oh well, G'Day!

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

No lag on my Android devices for the past several years. Can't say the same about the iPhone X that I use for work.

9. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I know you’re just trolling.


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

I am using ios and Android back and forth but never had lag or your inconsistent frame-rates. So i think you must be using mediatek phones from which carries sale for 39 or 49 buck many years back these day those cheap phones are also very improved. G'Day!


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

While on ios size of simple web based app is 50+mb and on Android its 1 2mb max 4mb

4. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I switched to iOS recently and the apps are huge! Updating an app is like downloading it all over. On Android updates were usually a small piece of the app like less than 100mb.

5. Eric7779 unregistered

Apps are smaller but for the last months I had much problems updating my apps. Sometimes it takes up to 10 minutes before first app begins downloading although I have good connection and haven't changed anything before I had this issue with the play store

6. peace247 unregistered

apps which are just 20mb on my android are above 100mb on ios...

8. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Windows also has this feature to download more apps on computer,look like ios,Mac os are falling behind in storage because lack of SD,HDD.I wish windows mobile platform would had something like this similar since ios will be anyway late to get to it.Damn Microsoft u would have competed with Google very well if didn't made stupid decision on rebooting the platform thrice time instead made your apps be compatible with new os version like android previous version.Oh well it's there in windows 10 at least. Hard luck for iFans then apple comprising their needs as usual but for them android devices as secondary devices are there to fit the bill so would had WM for different customization purpose and as a powerhouse secondary os compare to android.Google play Instant should had been a norm by last year hope it get deploy quickly by 2019.

10. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

“Oh well there’s windows 10”. Win 10 is the worst release that windows has come up with short of 2000.

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