Ever finally finished downloading a game from the market, hit open to play it and get hit with a message that says, “please download the additional resources to play” and the package is like 200mb or more? I’m sure we have all been in that situation, and that is because Google used to limit the size of Android apps in the market. The old limit was 50MB, but now Google has upped that to 4GB as promised last year at the 2011 developer conference.
- Each app can have two expansion files, each one up to 2GB, in whatever format you choose.
- Android Market will host the files to save you the hassle and cost of file serving.
- Users will see the total size of your app and all of the downloads before they install/purchase
Not many applications are going to need 4GB, I doubt any will but maybe with better graphic apps we will need it one day. The download will all be done on Google’s servers saving you the process of opening an app and downloading the resources yourself. The updated android SDK is available now so look for bigger apps to be hitting the market soon.