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Android apps must have 64-bit support by August 2019: Google

In 2018, Google will automatically insert security metadata in each APK to verify that it was officially distributed by Google Play.

  • Published: December 20, 2017 12:02 PM IST
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Google has lately been taking Android security pretty seriously. To ensure a high level of security and performance among Android apps, Google has announced that it will only allow 64-bit apps in the Play store by August 2019. Also Read - Apple is likely to add this old iPhone model to its vintage product list on December 31

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The Android Developers Blog, says, “For apps that use native libraries, 64-bit code typically offers significantly better performance, with additional registers and new instructions.” Google says that starting August 2018 all new apps submitted in the Google Play Store should aim for Android Oreo, and in November 2018 updates to existing apps will need to do the same. In addition, starting early next year there will be some extra metadata added to APK files to verify their authenticity. However, the tech giant clearly mentions that starting 2019, apps should also support 64-bit devices in addition to 32-bit. Also Read - WhatsApp users on iPhone will soon able to Undo Status, suggests report

Google says that the changes are being made to help the apps become more secure as the Android platform itself. Commenting on the security Google says, “We want to proactively reduce fragmentation in the app ecosystem and ensure apps are secure and performant while providing developers with a long window and plenty of notice in order to plan ahead.”

Meanwhile, Apple has already taken this step with the introduction of iOS 11 earlier this year. Once your iPhones are upgraded to iOS 11 older 32-bit apps will stop working. Apple‘s decision to make the 32-bit apps obsolete with iOS 11 nearly impacted 200,000 apps.

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  • Published Date: December 20, 2017 12:02 PM IST



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