Google Makes a Enormous Area Saving Change for Google TV’s Apps

As superior as gadgets just like the Chromecast with Google TV and NVIDIA’s SHIELD models could also be, one of many downsides to every is the restricted quantity of on-device storage each come outfitted with out of the field. The difficulty with a small quantity of storage is the truth that you may run out of room in a rush when you tried to load up greater than a handful of apps. I’m undecided why I stated that as if it have been a theoretical challenge, as a result of in actuality, this does occur the entire time with these gadgets.

At this time, Google introduced a plan that ought to assist with this example some, because the good TV gadgets aren’t prone to enhance storage quantities any time quickly. In spite of everything, value is such a key promoting level for these gadgets and including storage would solely enhance that.

Google’s plan is to pressure Android App Bundles onto TV gadgets in the identical means they did for telephones again in 2021. Android App Bundles (AABs) are the publishing format that changed the ol’ APK file. These AABs create a median of 20% complete dimension financial savings in comparison with an APK, they permit apps to be archived as an alternative of absolutely uninstalled (for faster re-installation), and so they make for streamlined supply by builders. All-around, they’re a giant win.

The transition to Android App Bundles for Android TV and Google TV will begin in Might 2023. Google thinks that is loads of time for app homeowners and builders to adjust to the change, as they determine it ought to solely take a single engineer about 3 days emigrate an present TV app from an APK to an AAB. If firms don’t migrate their apps, Google might cover them from the TV floor.

Google believes that Android App Bundles “convey a pleasant expertise” to each builders and customers, “particularly in the lounge.” What a cheerful method to describe such a change. Beautiful.

Talking of pretty, the Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is down to simply $40 for Black Friday. Purchase one.