Google has increased the maximum size that developers can make Android apps from 50MB to 4GB as the firm wants developers to make full use of the high-end hardware capabilities on smartphones and tablets.
The traditional Android package file (APK) will still be limited to 50MB to ensure that apps can be stored locally on devices. However, developers will be allowed to offer two expansion files that boost the size of the app to 4GB.
"Android applications have historically been limited to a maximum size of 50MB. This works for most apps, and smaller is usually better - every megabyte you add makes it harder for your users to download and get started," the firm said on the Android Developers blog.
"However, some types of apps, like high-quality 3D interactive games, require more local resources."
The increase means that developers will be able to create more detailed applications that can take advantage of the graphical capabilities of quad-core devices such as the Asus Transformer Prime tablet.
Google has published resources for developers to guide them about the best way to use the expansion files. The Android Market will host the expansion files so developers will not have to spend any extra money on servers.
Users will see the total size of the app before they install and purchase.
Google said that most devices will automatically download the expansion files and that the 15 minute refund windows will not start until these files are downloaded.
The only downside for users will be the increased download times especially on slower connections.
Khidr Suleman is a reporter at V3.co.uk, a role he has fulfilled since June 2010. He covers business hardware news and reviews, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, projectors and printers, as well as online applications.
Prior to joining V3.co.uk, Khidr worked as a freelance technology journalist. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.