Google prepares Android developers for changes in 2018

Android Apps to Support 64-bit by August 2019

This will be required for new apps in August 2018, and for updates to existing apps in November 2018. Google describes the metadata as a "Play badge of authenticity" it will stick to each app. Starting next year, Google will put its foot down to improve Android security, but it's not really going to be as bad as that sounds. Developers can still keep 32-bit versions of apps on offer for older Android versions but a 64-bit version needs to be present on the Google PlayStore. Google touts this as being a big performance improvement in addition to being more secure.

"Today, over 40 percent of Android devices coming online have 64-bit support, while still maintaining 32-bit compatibility". Starting next year, developers will need to support more recent Android features, and in 2019 64-bit support will be mandatory. Other companies that make printers - like Brother, Canon and Epson - have their own dedicated apps and guides for printing from Android devices.

Edward Cunningham, Product Manager of Android, outlined three key changes that will come down the pipeline in 2018 and 2019.

Prior to Google's decision to focus on 64-bit apps, Apple took matters to its hands to eliminate support for dated 32-bit iOS apps.


The benefit of using latest APIs translates into security and performance.

For example, following the release of Android P, developers will only be able to publish apps targeting Android 8.0 Oreo (API 26) or above. Last week Amazon announced that it would finally bring Google's Chromecast range back to its storefront, while also confirming that talks are now in progress to ensure YouTube will stick around on Fire TV media players. Now the Android Wear app attained 10 Million downloads on Google Play Store.

Prime Video gives you two ways to instantly stream Videos on your Android TV device. Google is sprinkling a "small amount" of security metadata on early 2018 to prove that apps were distributed through the Play Store.

Enforcement of the 64-bit requirement won't go into effect until August 2019.

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