It’s an App Developers World: AABs, Indus App Bazaar’s New Features & What Lies in Store for 2022

The first 3 months of 2022 offer high hopes for digital India.

India’s Budget of 2022 furnished us with the details of the 5G auctions and the plans to improve internet connectivity in India. A study by Deloitte revealed that India will have 1 billion smartphone users by 2026, which is almost double the current number.

With greater smartphone and internet penetration, we can expect more people to use mobile apps in their daily lives. And this is not restricted to big cities. We can expect users from different parts of the country, especially in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.

The sound of this news should perk up any developer. This year, and the coming years, should open up the possibility to acquire more users, increase revenue, and overall improve the lives of users with the help of apps.

The past year saw many major updates in app stores. One of those is the AAB. Let’s take a look at what it is.

From APKs to AABs

App development is constantly evolving, always changing for the better. Google’s introduction of Android App Bundles (AABs) in August 2021 looks like it’s going to be of great help.

AABs were introduced to replace the traditional Android Package Kits (APKs). Before we move on, let’s briefly look at how AABs and APKs are different.

Android app bundles aab

APKs and AABs: What, Why, and How

Our blog post meticulously describes what AABs and APKs are.

An APK is “a way of packing all the necessary data that your smartphone needs to run a program in a single package. Generally speaking, it is not very different from a ZIP or RAR in terms of functionality. APKs are Google’s way of ensuring a consistent app packing format throughout the ecosystem”.

On the other hand, an AAB is “an innovative way of making app packages smaller and lighter on system resources. These app bundles contain resources for all the screen resolution, CPU, and language combinations just like an APK does, but there’s a difference; AABs don’t ever end up on the user’s device”.

Compared to APKs, AABs are smaller and lighter on system resources and will work splendidly with low-end devices with smaller memories.

As we mentioned, AABs will never end up in a user’s device, unlike an APK. How AABs work is that it configures a combination of system resources that are specific to a device. What the end-user finally downloads is still an APK but smaller. A smaller size means that it’s easier for users to download.

[To upload your AAB for free on Indus App Bazaar, click here]

A Critic’s Review of AABs

There are many points of concern that AABs seem to raise. But most of those are baseless and do not withstand scrutiny. For example, it’s rumored that sideloading of apps is not possible with AABs or that AABs restrict third-party app stores (both untrue).

Critics also say that Google can tamper with code since they have access to the developer’s private keys. Although it looks like a possibility, Google wouldn’t dare to do something so audacious, especially in the current climate where they are under heavy scrutiny.

Speaking about third-party app stores and alternatives to Google, Indus App Bazaar has something new for you app developers.

New Upload Feature on Indus App Bazaar’s Dev Portal

You can now access some sleek new features through our Content Management System.

One of the features includes the permission to allow other contributors to help you with your app’s content. This will help you unleash your creativity with the help of others. 

Also, you can publish once and push everywhere, meaning you can publish your app on Indus App Bazaar and push it across multiple smartphone brands. And you can get authentic feedback from experts and end-users which will help you to continuously improve your app and its services.

And as always, Indus App Bazaar comes replete with a host of benefits to boost your app development journey. 

Here are some of those benefits:

1. App Bazaar Live Chat

Encountering a problem won’t stress you out anymore because Indus App Bazaar provides assistance through live chats. Get resolutions in a jiffy from human moderators. You won’t be stuck with a bot giving you limited answers to your questions.

2. AWS Credits worth $25,000

If you’re publishing your app for the first time, you can easily avail Amazon Web Services features with the $25,000 AWS Credits we offer as part of publishing your mobile app on Indus App Bazaar. Having AWS enables you to access secure cloud services like networking, storage, analytics, and DevOps, from anywhere in the world.

3. Free CDN Services

You get access to free Content Delivery Network (CDN) services in partnership with BreachTape for the first 3 months. You have two options to choose from, 10TB and 100TB, and you get free integration services. A CDN service is helpful in speeding up the delivery of your web content by bringing it closer to your users.

4. Promotions

In case you’re looking for that extra exposure for your app, you can reach out to the sales team directly from the developers portal. With a few clicks, you can be on your way to reaching 200 million+ users in 12 regional languages & greater target user accuracy based on demographics & behaviors.

Conclusion: The World is Changing

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.” These are the opening lines of the movie “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”.

That movie is set in a fantasy world, yet we can draw parallels to what’s happening in the app industry (though it may not sound so dramatic).

The European Union is introducing a bill to break the strongholds of companies like Google and Apple over the app market. Google seems to be buckling under pressure and allowing third-party payment options. India’s IT ministers are talking about making an Indian OS to rival Android and iOS. The number of smartphone users in India is growing.

There’s so much happening, that the need for more innovative apps and brilliant developers is only going to increase. Indus App Bazaar is here to ensure that you get to tap into these markets. As a distributor, we seek to grow with you, and not otherwise.

To start your app development journey with us, upload your app here.


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