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Google ups max Android app size to 4GB

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Google has increased the capacity of its Android app packaging tech, giving developers up to 4GB in which to cram their smartphone and tablet software and associated resources.

The previous limit was 50MB, but with quad-core chippery and ultra-high resolution screens the next big things, adding app package capacity was a necessity.

"Today, we’re expanding the Android app size limit to 4GB,” read an announcement on the Android Developers' blog.

“Android applications have historically been limited to a maximum size of 50MB… This works for most apps, and smaller is usually better — every megabyte you add makes it harder for your users to download and get started. However, some types of apps, like high-quality 3D interactive games, require more local resources.”

Every app can now have two expansion files, each up to 2GB in size and built on the still capped .APK file. ®

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