Android is the most used mobile operating system, by far, and that explains why there is more movement in the Google Play Store than in the iOS app store , the App Store . However, this does not necessarily justify the small lack of control that the Mountain View firm has over its official application store. In any case, from Google have announced greater control for next year, as well as new demands for developers to ‘hang’ their applications there.
In the end, the Mountain View company has laid new and better foundations for the developers who offer or want to offer their Android applications within the Google Play Store . First, and according to what they have announced for next year, from the second half of 2018 it will be an essential requirement that new applications use the latest Android APIs. Now, this is something that will also apply, from that date, to new updates of applications that are already available within the Google Play Store.
Google sets new demands for Android applications in the Google Play Store
The intentions of the company go through achieving greater security and stability , and ensuring the best performance . In this announcement about the new requirements to developers have included that since 2019 will be a prerequisite to add a 64-bit version to applications. 32-bit applications can be maintained, but in that case the same app will have to have a 64-bit version. And to add an ‘extra’ of security, new metadata have been introduced that will be essential also from the second half of 2018.
It is the first time that the Mountain View firm requires developers to create their applications directing them directly to the latest version of Android . In recent years from Google have been striving to reduce the fragmentation of the operating system. And although it is something that still has an important road, start by the technical requirements of the applications is a new measure. However, laying new foundations for smart phone manufacturers is a movement that is also necessary, and for the moment it has not occurred.