Google has announced a big change for developers who want to list their apps on Play that could have an impact on the Android app ecosystem. The standard format for app publishing is the APK, but starting in August, will require that new Play apps are published instead of using the Android App Bundle.
On a Google page about Android App Bundle, the company touts many potential improvements with the new format, such as smaller app downloads for users. But the format has a catch: Android App Bundles are a format that only Play uses, which could complicate app redistribution.
Google announced today that it is replacing the Android Package (APK) application package format for Android with the Android App Bundle (AAB) effective this August and in tandem with the release of Android 12.Since they launched the Android App Bundle in May 2018, they have seen the developer community embrace this new standard to benefit from streamlined releases and advanced distribution features