HarmonyOS is it threatened by the choice of Google to have privileged the AAB to the APK? Huawei ensures not, the AAB being similar to Atomic Services according to him. Despite everything, developers are in doubt, who will theoretically have to decide on the format in which to compile their applications.

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A few days ago, Google has sown a chill in the developer community by announcing the gradual transition to AAB on the Play Store. No more APK, it will now be necessary to compile its application in AAB to be able to offer it on Android. If the Mountain View firm argues about user benefits, especially in terms of the size and security of applications, it could actually directly attack alternative blinds. Even if it means making a choice between the different stores, you might as well choose the popular one, in short.

Barely launched, HarmonyOS was immediately found in turmoil. Indeed, the operating system relies on the APK to run Android applications. Would it be then the end of this support giving Huawei a considerable advantage ? Not necessarily according to Wang Chenglu, software director at the Chinese firm. “The AAB format is largely similar to the Atomic Service from HarmonyOS”, he explained.

Can HarmonyOS do without the APK?

As a reminder, Huawei describes the Atomic Services as “Future-oriented applications” that do not need to be installed. Concretely, these allow view content without having to have the app on your device. The link with AAB is therefore not clear, but Huawei seems confident about the compatibility of its operating system with Google’s format.

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However, there is no official information to suggest that HarmonyOS can run AAB applications. If not, developers will have no choice but export their applications in both AAB and APK if they wish to offer their applications on both stores. While Huawei’s OS has yet to prove itself to users, Google’s has long been installed as a benchmark. The choice is therefore likely to be rapid.

Source: Global Times