Android apps get bigger, as Google raises Play Store size limits
So far this year, we’ve seen the debut of phones with tons of storage capacity, the highest-resolution screens to date, and some blazingly fast processors. That kind of hardware gives developers a lot of resources to deliver some incredibly impressive software, but often taking full advantage of all our phones have to offer means putting together an app with some serious resources: from graphics, to sound, to program data, developing a modern app can require some hefty space requirements. In recognition of this growing need for app resources, Google’s doubling its size limit on apps distributed through the Play Store.
Starting now, Play Store APKs see their max size limited raised from 50MB to 100MB. “But wait,” you say, “I’ve installed apps that are WAY larger than 50MB.” And rightly you have, but that’s extra app data, not the APK itself.
Google already developed a way for devs to deliver larger apps through the use of expansion files – up to 4GB total. And most of the time, those expansion files are downloaded right alongside the main app, so you don’t have to sit and wait for an external download the first time you run the software, either.
Working with external files can complicate things, though, not to mention triggering a Play Store warning message about all this extra data that may put off some users. And especially for apps that would have only been just over the 50MB cutoff, this new expansion to 100MB offers a nice degree of wiggle room.