Google is making a major shift in terms of file formats of apps on Android. , it has now officially announced that all apps will now be moved to the AAB file format – which stands for Android App Bundle.
From August of this year, all applications will need to be submitted in the new AAB format.
For the average consumer, the move from APK to AAB should be good news as AABs offer small file sizes, 15 percent smaller than APKs. This is also good news for developers, who will now have more control and flexibility over their applications, leading to faster and more efficient updates.
It is this that can be the biggest impact for users right now – having large apps downloadable at much smaller file sizes can be great for users who are still on limited data networks.
The transfer is also seen as a option to preserve Android apps solely obtainable on the Google Play Retailer. So far as sideloading is taken into account, APK sideloading ought to nonetheless be supported in present Android variations because the format is just not fully banned and the choice solely applies to newer apps for now.