It seems that Google wants to make using app bundles a requirement for new apps on Google Play in 2021:

This would mean developers have to upload their signing keys to google play even though there's no technical benefit in doing that. You can achieve the same efficient download sizes by using bundletool locally and uploading all generated apks. But it seems google will stop allowing that and just wants your signing keys.


@fdroidorg Google is slowly but surely walling off their garden, it seems. It wouldn't surpise me in the least if they're going to crack down on sideloading in the future, which would be the point at which I'll stop using Android.

If I was in the market for a completely walled off garden, I'd choose Apple.

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