Support for the App Bundle format is added to the Amazon App Store
App Bundle as It was mentioned that there is a new way to distribute the application by dividing the final file into different pieces and presenting it to users depending on their needs, which will greatly save the download volume and storage space of the phone. It follows that among them should be the concern of developers and related security issues Pointed with the application’s signature key. Despite Google’s response to some of these concerns over the past few days, some of the most important ones still remain, including the way the application is distributed on other different platforms apart from Google Play, which by not supporting this format, It will require developers to create a separate APK file.
After Huawei to the concerns of HarmonyOS operating system responded in this context, now Amazon also today in A short post on the company’s blog has announced its plan to support App Bundle on the Amazon App Store. Amazon did not mention the exact time of this event, but spoke of the existence of a road map based on which the benefits of the customer experience in this field will be presented step by step over time. Despite the fact that the Amazon store at first glance is in a lower position for many users (at least users outside the United States of America and Europe), one important point will completely distinguish its position; According to Microsoft, the Amazon App Store will be the default Windows 11 operating system store for installing Android applications, and surely with the official presence of this operating system in the home computer market, the Amazon App Store occupies a different place than before.
Amazon’s approach differs from Google’s in one important respect. Where, unlike Google, Amazon does not require programmers to use App Bundle, and APK format can still be used to register new programs. In addition, unlike Google, Amazon does not have a plan to receive developers’ private keys to sign applications, which will also address another major concern of developers.
It goes without saying that the old APK format will remain with the Android operating system for a long time, and not only peripheral and miscellaneous software stores, but even Google Play itself will still have months and maybe years to accept AAB. need time; In the meantime, moves like this and big brands like Amazon and Huawei joining the group of supporters of AAB to achieve this goal and transition to a lighter and more efficient format for Android applications seem necessary and important, and its importance in the coming months is more than It will be pre-lit.