I am interested in understanding what is the smallest Android app possible that the OS will allow to be installed. It need not have any function or interface (or even any executable code) - it just needs to be recognized by Android's package manager.

Would that be an appropriate question to ask here, or would StackOverflow be more appropriate?

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    \$\begingroup\$ this sounds fun! \$\endgroup\$
    – Maltysen
    Sep 19, 2016 at 22:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that this site is for challenges rather than questions; perhaps it's best to post your idea to the Sandbox first, to make sure it fits the format. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sanchises
    Sep 20, 2016 at 7:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ @sanchises I'd say this idea would fit under the tips tag, which is explicitly for questions rather than challenges. \$\endgroup\$
    – DLosc
    Sep 22, 2016 at 19:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to PPCG Meta! \$\endgroup\$ Sep 24, 2016 at 8:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EriktheGolfer Thanks Erik! Friendly group here! \$\endgroup\$ Sep 24, 2016 at 18:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ Here is it: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aiuspaktyn.s \$\endgroup\$
    – Aiuspaktyn
    Aug 16, 2018 at 14:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Aiuspaktyn Thanks! Can you post the source code on Github? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 17, 2018 at 17:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Note: my own published small-ish (8.4k) apk: redscreen. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vi.
    Aug 29, 2018 at 15:59

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Yes, this is on-topic

“How do I golf this?” questions are welcome here, and this is essentially one of them: the OP wants to golf the smallest .apk file that Android’s package manager recognizes. If they supply some more specifics about their requirements (e.g. which Android device?) so others can help out, this is suited for the main site.


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