Google is engaged on a device that ought to let you “archive” sure apps to assist unlock area in your gadget. In a blog post, Google explains any app with the feature will let you partially uninstall it, shrinking the app down by about 60 % with out eradicating it utterly.
It does this by creating a brand new sort of APK (Android Package) — in any other case often known as the center that make an app useful in your gadget — that it calls archived APKs. As Google factors out, archived APKs are a lot smaller and save all of your information until you restore it, bringing it again to its unique dimension. The feature will change into out there to builders with the Bundletool 1.10 release, nevertheless it gained’t be useful until Google launches the feature to most people “later in the year.” Developers can even select to opt-out of archived APKs, which Google additionally goes over within the weblog put up.
There nonetheless aren’t any particulars on how the feature will current itself on Android — maybe it will seem alongside the uninstall choice when you long-press an app’s icon. Either approach, archived APKs look like they may very well be nice for anybody (particularly, me) who has a graveyard of seldom used apps and isn’t totally dedicated to letting go of them simply but (but additionally doesn’t need them to take up tons of cupboard space). Archiving after which restoring them ought to be a lot faster than reinstalling an app, and will doubtless devour lots much less cellular information when you’re not on Wi-Fi.