Android app bundles will replace the APK format for all new apps published on the Play Store from August 2021. While in alternative Android app stores, the AAB format won’t roll out quickly, Amazon is giving the first steps (other than the official Play Store) to adopt the new application publishing format. This is not a surprise, as the upcoming Windows 11 will natively support Android apps, courtesy of the Amazon Appstore.
To unify the entire Android app ecosystem in its Appstore, Amazon will actively support the AAB format, however, without strings attached. Developers will have the option to publish their apps using the APK format, which gives them some breathing space.
Developers will have this alternative option to host their new apps on the Amazon Appstore without the Play Store AAB mandate. This comes into play for small developers who don’t have the resources to instantly jump on the bandwagon and start publishing their AAB applications.
According to the official announcement, the application submission process will remain the same for APK and AAB formats to make things easier for developers. Amazon has not announced a date for support to land on its platform, it is expected to arrive anytime in the next few months.
Common sense suggests that AAB-compliant application support will hit the Amazon Appstore around the same time that the stable version of Windows 11 is released. All of this development is good news for developers who had no choice but to adopt the new one. format to publish your new apps on the Play Store.