Android developers take heed: Google announces major updates for app developments guidelines

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Lastly, Google will be adding security metadata to all apps on the Play Store early next year, although developers won't need to do anything for that change. Starting in August 2018, all new apps will be required to target API level 26, which corresponds to Android 8.0.

Starting August 2019, Google Play will require developers to ensure that their new apps and app updates have 64-bit versions on top of 32-bit versions. Each time a new version of Android comes out, Google will update this requirement for the next year with a new version to target. Google says the new guidelines are to ensure improved security and performance for all users. That's when Google will require that new apps and updates to existing apps include 64-bit support. The additional security metadata which will be added by Play will provide further app verification to determine authenticity. "You do not need to take any action for this change", the company explained.

Photo Most Android devices can use Google Cloud Print or a manufacturer's utility app to send documents and photos to a network printer. Those are just two of many examples. Android has supported 64-bit apps since Android 5.0 Lollipop started rolling out to users in late 2014.

You can add the Amazon Prime app to your Android TV player HERE. In November, updates for existing apps will also need to be targeted for Oreo.

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Enforcement of the 64-bit requirement won't go into effect until August 2019.

The update might not be available for now in all regions, but Google works fast most f the times.

Check out the listing for Prime Video on Android TV and make sure to let us know if any of your devices are compatible with the application. Google touts this as being a big performance improvement in addition to being more secure. But the service was intimately tied with the Shield TV's firmware, so it never popped up in the Google Play Store. But we like the idea of Google doing what it can when it comes to keeping our data safer and the apps that want to use it in check a little better.

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