Developers have traditionally had to rely upon third-party apps to install apps onto their Android devices. A new system makes this process easier. APK technology generates files from trusted sources such as Google Play Store. You can also sideload apps from the Play Store if you want to inspect larger files. Manually installing apps has many benefits that far outweigh any disadvantages.
Android smartphone owners in emerging markets have a problem: the size of their apps is too small. APKs are roughly one-quarter the size in developed countries. APK technology and Google are working together to increase APK size. Although this will improve the user experience, there are still limitations. APK files can only be 50MB in emerging markets.
Despite its limitations Android apps can often be packaged together in one APK file. This isn’t a problem for high-end phones but can cause problems on lower-end phones and slower Internet connections. Developers can use Expansion Files in these cases to increase the APK’s size. It can also improve performance. The APK generated is much faster and larger than the standard APK.
Storage usage has increased
Google has developed a new app archive system for Android phones that will make internal storage easier to use. It allows users to free up space without having to uninstall apps or lose their linked data. Android phones often come preloaded loaded with lots of bloatware. Extra storage will prove valuable. Users who use their phone for multimedia and social media may need to clear some space for music and videos.
Sideloading apps that come from sources other than the Play Store
Sideloading allows you to access applications that aren’t available on Google Play. These apps don’t comply with Google terms of service so they aren’t available in the Play Store. You can still check them out from Amazon’s Appstore and Humble Bundle. You may not find certain features in these apps (e.g. YouTube alternative NewPipe). This is a risky process, but it will allow you to access apps you would not otherwise have.
Sideloading apps can be done through the browser on your smartphone. Cloud storage is another option. This allows you to quickly check many apps from one computer. You must ensure that you only use trusted sources to verify your apps. You may have to reinstall the app if the source doesn’t give you a license code. Sideloading can pose a danger and should be avoided.
Installing apps manually can have many benefits
Although Google Play is an excellent option for most Android installations, manually installing APK files has many advantages. The best thing about manually installing APK files? You can access the latest version of any application. It can take up to a week for major Google apps on Google Play to update. Manually installing APK files will help you skip this long wait.
The best thing about manually installing apps is the ability to install them from third-party sources. You may be asked to allow APKS installation from other sources than the Play Store in newer Android versions. After you have enabled this setting, you can simply copy the APK file to your phone. Follow the instructions on screen to confirm installation.