Google App Downloads Will Go Easier on Mobile Data and Storage: Up To 90 Percent Smaller App Updates
Google is shrinking app downloads and app updates up to 90 percent smaller so they take up less storage and need less data to install. Apps can make or break a smartphone and even the most amazing apps have slight drawbacks such as data usage or storage size. If you turn on automatic app updates, your monthly data allowance could evaporate faster and your phone storage starts filling up in no time.
“Imagine you are an author of a book about to be published and wish to change a single sentence – it’s much easier to tell the editor which sentence to change and what to change, rather than send an entirely new book. In the same way, patches are much smaller and much faster to download than the entire APK,” describes Andrew Hayden, Software Engineer on Google Play.
- Original size – 16.2MB
- Previous compressed size (% vs original) – 7.7MB (52%)
- File-by-File Patch Size (% vs original) – 1.2MB (92%)