Android - Different Builds

Ralph DiMola rdimola at evergreeninfo.net
Sat Jun 15 14:20:27 EDT 2019


My understanding is if there is 1 large apk then the PlayStore will download the entire apk and the device makes the choice. If you have 4 separate apks then the PlayStore will download the best apk for the device.

Ralph DiMola
IT Director
Evergreen Information Services
rdimola at evergreeninfo.net

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From: use-livecode [mailto:use-livecode-bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf Of JJS via use-livecode
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:55 AM
To: J. Landman Gay via use-livecode
Cc: JJS
Subject: Re: Android - Different Builds

That's a good question and to which i have no answer.

Op 15-6-2019 om 17:45 schreef J. Landman Gay via use-livecode:
> Is a combined LC app the same as the bumdle the Play Store expects? I 
> think the Play Store extracts and sends only the parts the user needs.
>
> --
> Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com HyperActive Software 
> | http://www.hyperactivesw.com On June 15, 2019 2:37:40 AM JJS via 
> use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>
>> you can choose yourself.
>>
>> You can submit a bundle (1 big apk) with different builds, or you can 
>> upload different builds per release
>>
>>
>> i have opted out on Google's signing, because i don't what happens if 
>> you use their app shrinking method
>>
>>
>> Op 15-6-2019 om 05:51 schreef J. Landman Gay via use-livecode:
>>> For testing we could just do what we do now, since you can 
>>> distribute to testers privately. I think we'd only need the bundle 
>>> when submitting to the Play Store.
>>> --
>>> Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com HyperActive 
>>> Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com On June 14, 2019 10:01:40 PM 
>>> Brian Milby via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> From reading a little about it, I’m not sure why not.  Everything 
>>>> besides the engine/splash stack would go in the common bundle (not 
>>>> the right name) and then each engine would have its own slice.  The 
>>>> store would combine the two pieces into the apk for delivery.  We 
>>>> would still need to produce the apk for testing though (it looks 
>>>> like there is a way to pull an apk out of the bundle too).
>>>>
>>>> How to do this is beyond me though....
>>>>
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Brian
>>>> On Jun 14, 2019, 10:55 PM -0400, J. Landman Gay via use-livecode 
>>>> <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>, wrote:
>>>>> This is good to know. But what I'd really like to see is the app 
>>>>> bundle that the Play Store expects. I wonder if that's possible.
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>> Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com HyperActive 
>>>>> Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com On June 14, 2019 9:24:24 
>>>>> PM Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami via use-livecode 
>>>>> <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> > Got it, it works...
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Jerry __ thanks for the chart!
>>>>> >
>>>>> > "Boy!" this needs to be documented somewhere...
>>>>> >
>>>>> > BR
>>>>> >
>>>>> > ?Jerry wrote
>>>>> > So like this for your sequence if your highest used VC is 15 then:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Build VC
>>>>> > arm v7a 16 ---->next time --->20---->next time--->24
>>>>> > arm64 17---->next time--->21--->next time--->25
>>>>> > X86 18--->next time--->22--->next time--->26
>>>>> > x86-64 19--->next time--->23--->next time--->27
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > and so on, you see the 64 builds need to be higher vc then the
>>>>> 32bits
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> > Mark (W) wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > > I wonder if the reason this didn't work is because you have 
>>>>> > > the version code for armv7 > that for arm64...
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > I suspect the play store will choose the highest version coded
>>>>> APK
>>>>> > > that will
>>>>> > > run on the target device. As ARMv7 APKs will run on devices
>>>>> which can
>>>>> > > run ARM64,
>>>>> > > it will choose the ARMv7 in preference (as it is version code 
>>>>> > > 14, which is greater than 7) and thus 'completely shadow' the 
>>>>> > > ARM64 APK.
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Upshot: probably best to make sure ARM64 APKs have higher
>>>>> version code
>>>>> > > than
>>>>> > > ARM7 ones (the same is true of x86-64 and x86 - but in that 
>>>>> > > case you've already got version-code-of(x86-64) > 
>>>>> > > version-code-of(x86) which is
>>>>> why you
>>>>> > > aren't getting
>>>>> > > a shadowed error for those)
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Warmest Regards,
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Mark.
>>>>> > >
>>>>> >
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