February 08, 2018

Upgrade Your Android or Carry A Brick In Your Palm

The tech giant Google wants to end the fragmentation of Android, and not only that even it also wants to do the same for its applications as well. From the company have established a new series of rules that will force developers to update and optimize their applications for the latest version of the operating system, of course, Android.

“Improving the security and performance of Google Play”
Those are the two objectives of the tech giant Google when implementing these new measures, according to the headline in its official note. Specifically, three changes in the regulations aimed at strengthening these two areas will be applied. The first is that by the second half of 2018, the Play Store will require new apps and their updates to use a recent Android API. In the case of the first will be from August 2018, and in the case of the second as of November 2018.

This means that the apps should be optimized for the latest version of the tech giant Google’s mobile operating system, of course, Android, which is currently Oreo. In this way, apps that avoided updating their API to avoid having to adjust to new performance parameters will be forced to do so. The tech giant Google will simply begin by targeting Android 8.1 Oreo, but every year that passes will force you to upgrade to the next version.



The second measure is that as of August 2019, Google Play will force apps to have native 64-bit libraries next to those of 32-bit. This will require better performance and optimization on 64-bit devices.

The third and final measure is that the tech giant Google’s app store, of course, I am talking about the Play Store will begin to add security metadata to the Apk to verify its security from the beginning of 2018. This measure seeks to avoid fake apps that pass themselves off as others and avoid security failures. It will be done from the side of the tech giant Google and developers should not do anything.

Breaking Android’s fragmentation
The fragmentation of the tech giant Google’s mobile operating system, Android does not only exist at the level of system versions. Measures such as Project Treble help to end it, but it is also necessary for application developers to act.

The tech giant Google’s measures for the Play Store go in that direction. Thanks to them, as applications such as Facebook or Snapchat, should start applying energy saving and optimization solutions that they had avoided implementing by targeting APIs from lower versions of Android.

Especially noteworthy is the measure to achieve greater security in the Play Store. Beyond the implementation of Google Play Protect, it is another wall to avoid counterfeiting and security holes in the official store, something that will be very good for the average user who does not pay as much attention to what he/ she installs.



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