29 July 2021
Earlier this month, Google announced that it would become mandatory for app developers to publish new Android apps on the Play Store in the Android App Bundle (.aab) format. This new format is said to bring a few new features including reduced file size and faster loading times. Now, Amazon has announced that it is working on supporting the Android App Bundle format on its app store.
Amazon says once the Android Apps Bundle format becomes available, it will be an optional addition. It means developers can choose to submit apps to Amazon Appstore in APK as well as AAB format. The application submission process will remain unchanged. This way, developers will not have to make any changes to how they submit their apps.
Those who have already published an app in APK format can continue to do so for future versions. Amazon has revealed that it will not offer all AAB benefits at the time of the launch. Developers will get access to all the benefits in a gradual manner which it will keep updating them about.
In the official announcement, Amazon said:
"Amazon Appstore is actively working to support the new format, which will provide benefits such as smaller app size downloads for customers and on-demand downloads for features and assets. These changes benefit customers by helping them download specific aspects of an app in real-time as needed. For Amazon Appstore developers, in addition to the existing APK format, we are working to support the app bundles format across all types of submissions. We will share updates later this year on our progress to continue making app submission as simple and friction-less as possible for our developers."