Google Play Store reduces the size of app updates by up to 50%

By Shrey Pacheco | Published on Jul 25 2016
Google Play Store reduces the size of app updates by up to 50%

Also, Users will now see the actual download size of the app or update instead of the APK file size

Apple iPhone XR 64GB at Lowest Price Ever

6.1" display | 50% Faster Graphics performance | TrueDepth camera

Click here to know more

Google has announced changes to the Play Store regarding the size of app updates. In its official Android Developers Blog, the company said that a new delta algorithm (called bsdiff) is being rolled out, which reduces the size of the updates for apps and games. According to the company, for approximately 98 percent of app updates from the Play Store, only the changes (called deltas), between the existing app and the update will be downloaded and merged with the existing files. This reduces the size of the update by up to 50 percent as compared to the previous algorithm. One of the examples that was given, was of Google Chrome. The major update between M46 to M47 was previously 22.9MB, now it is 12.9MB. 

Google has also made it much clearer to know the exact amount of data that will be used when installing or updating apps or games. Users will now be shows the actual download size and not the APK file size. Further, if users already have the app or game, they will see only the update size. This will be pretty useful for users with limited mobile data as they will now be able to make more informed decision about downloading an app or an update using their mobile data, or if they should wait till they get access to Wi-Fi.

Shrey Pacheco

Writer, gamer, and hater of public transport.

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.