Multiple APK Uploads on the Google Market Now Allowed
Friday, July 22nd, 2011
Finally the Google Android Market will allow developers to upload different versions of the same app without creating separate listings. This means that when a developer uploads their app for the phone they can also upload the Tablet version. This should create easier and cleaner updating of apps on the market.
Multiple APK support gives you a variety of ways to control app distribution. For example, you could use it to create separate APKs for phones and tablets under the same product listing. You could also use it to take advantage of new APIs or new hardware capabilities without impacting your existing customer base.
The Market will now decide which app version you need based on screen size whether its the GL texture-compression formats or standard Android version. Now users will only see the app with comments and listing details without having to find the correct version for the device they are using.
Now that the Google Android Market allows multiple uploads with one listing we will likely see the Market grow even faster than it already is. Along with growth we may see many more apps available for Tablets in the near future.