In 2020, Google announced that it would help developers decide how to distribute their apps across multiple app stores on different platforms (mobile, PC and console). Now, with Android 12, the company is delivering on its promise by confirming in its official blog post that it is “delivering [its] promise to make it easier to use third-party app stores on Android 12. “
More information about the third-party app stores on Android 12 has been published by XDA developer Who received the developer documentation that lists the changes they made? Google is pushing its own Play Store and API by offering exclusive features to seduce developers and users. It still offers the option of installing third-party app stores and even individual APKs. It’s not an easy process, but with Android 12, Google is making it more seamless, making app installation easier through third-party app stores.
Effective immediately, to install a single APK or a third-party repository, you must grant permission to a browser or file manager. It is similar when updating an app. This is different from what happens when you install or update an app from the Google Play Store. While some might say that it is a privacy decision and a user is thinking about whether to continue or not, it is an arbitrary security measure that doesn’t always work. It’s a cumbersome experience and not as easy as it should be.
According to the changes noted in the XDA report, an app store no longer requires user interaction to install or update apps. Of course, it must have authorization to load apps from the site. This makes updating apps in batches much faster.