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  • Since when Whatsapp updates are smaller in size?

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    I remember updating whatsapp in the past. It will be the same size in MB. Nowadays, I see it is just 4 or 6 MB for an update. I have changed my phone to Sony Xperia. I am not sure if this has anything to do with this. But while installing it is just 6 MB for the latest update of whatsapp dated May 22, 2016. I am just wondering if this is a new thing or already there from a long time.
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  • Note: My answer is relevant for the file size of the Whatsapps size increment and decrements. I'd appreciate if I am being pointed to where it is not relevant to the question.

    Base app apk: This file usually has larger size. Unless there is UI or security modification, this base apk file isn't changed. And the base app apk is shipped only during major version releases. For example version 1 to 1.5 to 2 etc. The minor version such as 1.1.1 to 1.1.2 usually have low file size.

    Security Updates: If there are any security issues then usually size of the update is often smaller. Very few set of security patches and updates take the space for download. Most of the security patches related to it's encryption are smaller in size.

    UI Updates If there are minor changes in UI, then also the update files are smaller in size. Unless this change is major and takes up considerable amount of graphical elements to download. The update is going to be small.

    Another important point to note is that earlier android version didn't had much stronger compression for the apk. However now a lot of data can be compressed and apk size can remain smaller. That is one reason many updates and apps apk have turned into smaller size update.

  • As I have observed of late, the latest version of Google Play Store has been showing only the incremental sizes of the updates.

    To explain this, let me consider you are installing an app for the first time, WhatsApp in your case - you will need to download the entire app. It will be in say, 20 to 40 MB depending on the app you install. Further, when your app receives an update, only a few patches are changed - not the entire code. That way, you will need to download only a few MBs to get an update.

    These are called Delta App Updates. Google Play Store has introduced support for Delta app updates long ago. That meant, when a particular app receives an update - you will not need to download the entire app. You might have noticed before that though the app size was mentioned much more for some apps, the update gets completed in just a couple of seconds. That is because the size shown had been the full app size - not of the update patch.

    Though Play Store had been providing Delta App Updates, the process was not transparent. The newer version(s) of Play Store has been showing the actual update size than the full app size. That is exactly the reason why you see the reduced update size.

    If you are downloading an app for the first time, you will see the full app size. Later on whenever the app receives an update, Play Store shows the Size of the update patch alone. That is the exact amount of data you will download to get the update. Google seems to have introduced this feature in a phased manner. Not all devices have this feature as yet.

    The point would be clear when you use MoboGenie for downloading or updating the apps. MoboGenie will show you that the app has an update and prompt you to update the same, but if you select Update, it will download the full app rather than the updated patch alone.

    Please note that Play Store does not indicate the app size now for the apps you have already downloaded. It will show the sizes only for the apps which have updates available or for those which have not been downloaded. This should explain the things in a clear manner.
    Google Play Store had started offering updates or the Delta App Updates long ago in 2012 when it launched Smart Updates feature. The feature has been transparent now - that is the diffeerence.

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  • Well, that depends on the issues on which the developers are working on. Usually these updates are provided to app to enhance feature or to eliminate any bugs caused by this app or to add any additional feature.

    In all of these cases the update file need not to be the same as the original one, for some minor bug fixes and improvements, it may be of 4-6 MB but when there is a total UI revamp or any additional feature like calling or video call then it might be of 30-50 MB, all depends on the improvements which they wanted to impend on it.

    Fixing bugs is the major issue of all that, so they will release immediate update rather than waiting for the time and receiving negative reviews from all that. So this is the reason for Smaller size in whats app updates.

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