Google being Goolag - Play Asset / Feature Delivery
May be incomplete - expect rewrites, additions, & stuff
Last updated : 25/6/2021
What is Play Asset / Feature Delivery?
First, let's discuss Play Asset Delivery (PAD), since it's as straightforward as its name. PAD allows big games to replace expansion files (OBB) by uploading the entire game's resource to Google Play.
As for Play Feature Delivery (PFD), it's basically a mechanism to allow certain features (such as logins in a marketplace app, which should have been in the app from the start) to be delivered on demand.
Issues with Play Asset & Feature Delivery
- Both PAD & PFD relies on Google's APIs, essentially trapping you into the Goolag Play walled garden.
- Both PAD & PFD encourages apps to be delivered in an incomplete state, forcing the user to waste more time on downloading resources just to run them.
A good example of this would be Asphalt 8 - download & install game, open game, & get stuck at downloading resources.
A fix for PAD & PFD
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- For app developers : Never implement these "features" in the first place. While these "features" make development less troublesome, it places more burden on the users, who now has to waste more time on resources just to make an app run properly.