Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly… Ok, I made that last one up, but it’s surely only a matter of time.
Google has semi-acknowledged Android’s fragmentation problem with the introduction of multiple APK (Android Package) support for items on the Android Market.
Until now, it was only possible to have one APK per listing on the Market. Now developers can upload multiple versions of the same item. For example, a developer could fire up one APK for mobile users, and a second for tablets.
Conveniently for developers, all APKs will be tied together under the same listing. A post on Android Developers Blog explains: “When you upload multiple APK files, Android Market handles them as part of a single product listing that aggregates the app details, ratings, and comments across the APKs.
“All users who browse your app’s details page see the same product with the same description, branding assets, screenshots, video, ratings, and comments. Android Market also aggregates the app’s download statistics, reviews, and billing data across all of the APKs.”
The Developer Console has been updated to include controls for managing multiple APKs.
Pretty sweet news for Android developers. Consumers are set for a treat too, with the imminent Android Market update.