Google Play Store is going to tighten the security in 2018:- Like Apple’s ios store Google is also planning to make changes in its play store. The Google expressed in a new blog post in Android Developers Blog that the company’s desire to improve app security and performance for Android apps in the coming years.
Recently, Android product manager ‘Edward Cunningham’ took the Android Developers Blog to explain what is coming to the Google Play Store. According to him, in an effort to ensure security and enhance the performance of the Android platform, Google is looking to implement changes that are designed to promote a positive experience to users who like discovering and installing apps and games from the Play Store.
The changes include developers from using 32-bit architecture to 64-bit architecture for their apps. The main focus of Google is to push developers to adopt 64-bit architecture since future Android devices won’t be supporting 32-bit apps and games.
Currently, over 40 percent of Android devices support 64-bit code and are still compatible with 32-bit apps. In the future, Google expects all Android devices to only accommodate 64-bit apps.
Cunningham said in the blog that: “In anticipation of future Android devices that support 64-bit code only, the Play Store will require that new apps and app updates are able to run on devices without 32-bit support. Apps that include a 32-bit library will need to have a 64-bit alternative – either within the same APK or as one of the multiple APKs published. Apps that do not include native code are unaffected”
Three Main changes Google Play Store is going to tighten the security that are coming in 2018 and 2019.
- In the second half of 2018, Play Store will require new apps and app updates to target a recent Android API level. New apps will have to meet this requirement in August 2018 and existing apps will have to do this from November 2018. This measure is to ensure that apps are using the latest APIs to provide the best security and performance for users.
- The developers have to provide a 64-bit version of their apps in addition to their 32-bit versions. This requirement will start in August 2019. Any apps that include a 32-bit library will need a 64-bit alternative, but apps which do not include native code are unaffected by the change.
- In early 2018, Developers for better security have to attach metadata to each APK. Developers do not need to do anything to include this security enhancement.
Slowly but surely, Google is finding ways to make its ecosystem more secure and performant to match the likes of Apple with its tightly controlled iOS environment.
Before Google, Apple also makes changes and eliminate support for dated 32-bit iOS apps. In fact, the giant kept its word by dropping support for 32-bit apps with the launch of iOS 11. The iPhone X developers planned about this move before the introduction of the 64-bit processor.
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