Play Protect will now warn on apps with older Android API
Starting with Android Marshmallow, Google is been strict with user privacy and security. Back in Marshmallow days, Google introduced a feature called apps permissions. This feature let users know and decide which app will have access to which permission. Similarly, back in 2017-18, Google introduced a new feature called Play Protect. This verifies if the app is safe or not.
Now Google is asking app devs to develop apps targeting the latest Android version and update already present apps to latest APIs. Here is the timeline of how Google will implement these:
- August 2019: New apps are required to target Android 9 Pie (API level 28) or higher.
- November 2019: Updates to existing apps are required to target API level 28 or higher.
Also, with Play Protect, Google is planning to warn users if they are trying to install any app that targets the older APIs.
- August 2019: New apps will receive warnings during installation if they do not target Android 8.0 Oreo (API level 26) or higher.
- November 2019: New versions of existing apps will receive warnings during installation if they do not target API level 26 or higher.
- 2020 onwards: The target API level requirement will advance annually.
Its good that Google is taking users security more seriously. As per Google, most malware attacks take place from the apps developed on API 22 or below. Moreover, the Android Ecosystem is getting more secure, so Google cannot just let things go like this. Unless they support our security and privacy.
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