Tag Archives: APK

Build Android application package file (APK) using Eclipse IDE

via Build Android application package file (APK) using Eclipse IDE | Examples Java Code Geeks.

Android application package file (APK) compressed file that is used to install and distribute Android Applications. Remember when you install an new Application in your Android Phone (or when you run your Application in an emulator) the APK file of your project is installed on your device. APK files are really ZIP archive files. You may open APK files using any Archive program. You can also think of APK files as JAR files in Java.

In this example we’ll see how to create .apk file ready to be installed in Android device. For this tutorial, we will use the following tools in a Windows 64-bit platform:

  • JDK 1.7
  • Eclipse 4.2 Juno
  • Android SKD 4.2

A New Way to Use Appium/Selenium with Real Devices on Cloud

via Parallel Test Runs with Server-Side Appium on Real Devices | Testdroid.

Appium has been the number one smoking hot framework during the past quarters and there are no signs of this trend cooling down anytime soon. We’ve been providing Appium/Selenium support for Testdroid Cloud now for more than a year and significant portion of Testdroid Cloud test runs are Appium/Selenium runs nowadays. To make things even more convenient for our users, we’re about to introduce an awesome new feature that will make executing those test runs much easier and less error-prone – as you don’t have to play those desired caps all the time.

We recently released a new version of Testdroid Cloud and with this version, we’ve brought out a new feature that enables completely new way to execute Appium/Selenium tests on our devices. Basically, with this implementation users with Appium/Selenium scripts are not required to configure desired capabilities as they would do with current client-side execution. We call this implementation “Appium Server Side” execution that basically means that test scripts can run locally on our environment – you just upload your .APK or .IPA and test package to Testdroid Cloud and our our system takes care of proper configuration and manages all details for desired capabilities.

Putting Your APKs on Diet

via Putting Your APKs on Diet – Cyril Mottier.

It’s no secret to anyone, APKs out there are getting bigger and bigger. While simple/single-task apps were 2MB at the time of the first versions of Android, it is now very common to download 10 to 20MB apps. The explosion of APK file size is a direct consequence of both users expectations and developers experience acquisition. Several reasons explain this dramatic file size increase:

  • The multiplication of dpi categories ([l|m|tv|h|x|xx|xxx]dpi)
  • The evolution of the Android platform, development tools and the libraries ecosystem
  • The ever-increasing users’ expectations regarding high quality UIs
  • etc.

Publishing light-weight applications on the Play Store is a good practice every developer should focus on when designing an application. Why? First, because it is synonymous with a simple, maintainable and future-proof code base. Secondly, because developers would generally prefer staying below the Play Store current 50MB APK limit rather than dealing with download extensions files. Finally because we live in a world of constraints: limited bandwidth, limited disk space, etc. The smaller the APK, the faster the download, the faster the installation, the lesser the frustration and, most importantly, the better the ratings.

In many (not to say all) cases, the size growth is mandatory in order to fulfill the customer requirements and expectations. However, I am convinced the weight of an APK, in general, grows at a faster pace than users expectations. As a matter of fact, I believe most apps on the Play Store weight twice or more the size they could and should. In this article, I would like to discuss about some techniques/rules you can use/follow to reduce the file size of your APKs making both your co-workers and users happy.