I'd like to check my understanding of the APK file contents is correct.
The presence of the EmbedAssembliesIntoApk, and the fact that my app still worked (in debug, because fast deploy kicked in) when I disabled this, got me thinking classes.dex actually contained all the code and the assemblies weren't required, at least for a while.
Our Android package is much larger than our iOS one. 13MB & 6MB respectively. Presumably iOS packages are typically smaller because they're compiled down to native code on iOS?
Without assemblies our package is about 5MB. When looking at the APK in 7zip, I notice the assemblies are not compressed. Is this intentional?