Good news for fans of 3D Android gaming apps like Grand Theft Auto III. Google has boosted the Android Market app size limit from 50MB to a whopping 4GB.

Writing on the Android Developers blog, Google’s Tim Bray note while a smaller app build “is usually better – every megabyte you add makes it harder for your users to download and get started”, a larger limit is a necessity for “some types of apps, like high-quality 3D interactive games”.

While an app’s APK file must still meet the 50MB limit, developers an now utilise 4GB of Google’s online storage instead of suffering the cost of their own servers.

This should help to support the rise of console-quality graphics in gaming downloads such as Riptide GP and The Adventures Of Tintin for quad-core core handsets.

Given Google recently had to delete a fake Temple Run app from the Android Market after it garnered 23,000 downloads, this developer-friendly proposition will go some way to repairing the damage.



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