Google launched a brand new option to distribute Android apps in 2018, referred to as app bundles. Whereas common apps include sources for each possible display screen dimension and structure, app bundles solely embody the elements that your particular gadget wants, organized into break up APKs. Whereas app bundles assist save cupboard space and information utilization, they are not one-size-fits-all APK information — the app bundle that Google Play saves to your gadget solely has the elements in your particular structure/display screen dimension.
The construction of an app bundle
The change to separate APKs additionally grew to become an issue for our sister web site APKMirror. Many high-profile apps — together with Netflix, Chrome, and others — have adopted the brand new know-how, making them unattainable to add to the location. Fortunately, after over a 12 months of improvement, and a big quantity of labor by APKMirror’s proficient builders, the answer is lastly right here: the APKMirror Installer app.
The day is lastly right here – APKMirror Installer (beta) is dwell.
Sure, this implies break up APK app bundle help is dwell on @APKMirror!
We have solely enabled bundles on about 75 apps for now and can broaden that to all hosted apps within the close to future.https://t.co/MmkCGwPjIG pic.twitter.com/yb3CZn1Zrt
— Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) March 21, 2020
APKMirror Installer is a brand new Android app, accessible without cost by means of the Google Play Retailer, which might set up break up APK containers downloaded from APKMirror. You can’t obtain, replace, or add apps by means of the Installer straight, as a result of then it will basically be an app retailer. In its present type, APKMirror Installer is not any completely different than a file supervisor, which suggests we will distribute it on the Play Retailer with out breaking Google’s tips.
Whenever you obtain an app from APKMirror that’s constructed for break up APKs, you may get a .apkm file. That is the file format we developed, which incorporates the bottom APK and all of the break up APKs you may want for sideloading. It is not an open format, however it’s an encrypted one you could be certain is secure to put in (you’ll be able to learn our full clarification right here).
When you obtain a .apkm file from APKMirror, simply open up the Installer, choose the file, and faucet the Set up button. The app will show all of the break up APKs contained in the file and pre-select those your gadget wants (you’ll be able to nonetheless make changes, if you want). After that, merely faucet Set up once more, and watch the magic occur. You do not have to pick the file from inside APKMirror Installer, both — opening the file from an internet browser or different utility additionally works.
APKMirror Installer will also be used to put in commonplace APK information, downloaded from APKMirror or elsewhere. If an APK cannot be put in, the app provides you with detailed error messages that Android itself would not present (except you sideload by means of ADB), which might undoubtedly come in useful.
Because of the huge quantity of effort it took to develop each the Installer app and APKMirror’s break up APK help, the Installer app is supported by commercials. In case you do not wish to see any adverts, we’ve got subscription choices accessible within the app — you need to use a few of that Google Play credit score you’ve got been gathering from Opinion Rewards.
One last be aware: the Installer app continues to be in beta testing, so you might run into some crashes. In case you do encounter points, please report them at our GitHub bug tracker.