• Google is eliminating APK files, will Android apps no longer be side-loaded?

    APK files

     

    Even if Google rejects the APK file from its Play Store, the phone can still side-load APK files from third-party stores. This will stop when Google ends support for APK files on its Android operating system itself. But it is probably a long time before that happens.

    The format of the application on Android phones has always been APK. Whether you download the app from a third-party store or install the app from the Google Play Store, the APK file is the same everywhere. But now that is going to change very soon. Google is now removing the APK file from the Play Store. It will now be replaced by Android App Bundles or AAB format.

     


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    APK will replace AAB format

    From next month, i.e. August 2021, it will be mandatory for developers to submit their apps in AAB format on Google Play Store. This format was first introduced in 2018. This keeps the size of the app down and makes it easier to control many other aspects of the application.

    Android apps on Google Play Store and third-party app stores are currently only APK files. But at present, many apps are also available in AAB format on the Play Store. This means Android device are currently supporting both APK and AAB formats.

    Will APK apps be side-loaded?

    Google has announced the new file format of the app on the Play Store but has not said that the old APK apps will be rejected. This means that Google will accept the AAB file for listing on the Play Store from August, but the APK files already lying on the store may continue to work like this.

    Even if Google rejects the APK file from its Play Store, the phone can still side-load APK files from third-party stores. This will stop when Google ends support for APK files on its Android operating system itself. But it is probably a long time before that happens.

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