Google to require apps to target recent Android versions, 64-bit

Steve Phelps
December 22, 2017

All updates to existing apps will need to meet the same requirement starting November 2018. Well, Google says there will eventually be Android devices that can only run 64-bit code, so it's necessary for developers to make that leap lest they bow out of the future Android ecosystems. That's not going to change, but Google is planning on tightening things up in the next few years in regards to what apps will be available.

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Google believes that this upgradation will improve the performance of smartphones.

As Android apps will have to support 64-bit code, they won't have to ditch 32-bit compatibility.

Currently, around 40 percent of new Android devices have 64-bit support, while still also being 32-bit compatible, according to Google.

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The second major change is the fact that developers will be required to bundle native 64-bit libraries for new apps as well as updated apps, starting from August 2019. From 2019 onwards, Google will bump up the version of Android developers will need to target. Having developers target Android 8.0 Oreo in creating their apps ensures that people are protected from various vulnerability risks, including malware.

The search engine giant is apparently trying its best to make the Play Store as secure as Apple' App Store.

As an example, Cunningham noted how apps written for Android 6.0 and above give users more control over what private data the application could access during runtime. Amazon agreed to sell the Chromecast in its online store, and it released an Amazon Prime Video app for Android TV devices. It could effectively put a curb on manufacturers with low end devices that, for one reason or another, slap on an ancient version of Android.

To further verify app authenticity, Google Play will add a small amount of security metadata on top of each APK. Older phones will still keep working but may not receive update features and security algorithms as developers will prefer to avoid additional costs for re-coding an app for 32-bit.

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