Google has a plan so that the Android apps that we don’t use (and don’t want to uninstall) take up less space: archive them

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There are apps on Android that take up a lot of space, we use little, and yet we don’t want to uninstall them. We can think of, for example, a game with good graphics that we go to from time to time. Rarely, but occasionally. How to get that app to take up less space? According to Google, archiving the APK.

As the company has detailed in its blog for developers, throughout this year will release a new feature which will allow you to archive applications. This, in a nutshell, will allow the applications that we use the least take up 60% less space.

Don’t you use that app? Well, it’s archived

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How does application archiving work? As detailed by Google, removing parts of the app instead of completely uninstalling it. That way, the archived app will remain on the device and can be easily restored to the latest compatible version available, preserving user data of course.

Basically, the APK becomes a smaller APK that preserves user data and takes up less space

Google has advertised it as a win-win for developers and users. On the one hand, users won’t have to uninstall apps to reclaim space, and on the other hand, developers will benefit from fewer uninstalls and less app re-entry friction.

The first step of this new feature will arrive with Bundletool 1.10 and will be available to all developers using App Bundles. For apps built with the Android 7.3 Gradle plugin, a new type of APKs (archived APKs) will be generated. Although archived APKs will start to be created from now on, they won’t be functional until the feature rolls out to users later.

Be that as it may, Google gives the option to developers of do not use this function. They just have to slightly change the code in build.gradle or BundleConfig, depending on the system they use to develop their apps.

We are waiting for the function to arrive to test them. For now, no further details have been given about exactly how it will work for the user.

Via | Android Developers Blog

There are apps on Android that take up a lot of space, we use little, and yet we don’t want…

There are apps on Android that take up a lot of space, we use little, and yet we don’t want…

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