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Older Android apps may stop working after Android P

Older Android apps may stop working after Android P

Android P is now available as a developer preview for Android app developers only. Part of which is demanding developers to ensure that their apps in the Play Store would have to target an API level no more than 1 year older than the current codename release. Thus all apps targeting below this API level will not work on Android P version of the operating system. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. The company has released its fourth annual security report, a 56-page document that details everything Google has done to keep Android users safe. Therefore, it is being presumed that apps built for Android 4.1 or lower will most likely not work on smartphones that will run or be updated to Android P later this year. "Try checking for updates, or contact the developer".

Back in December, Google had said in a blog post that new apps submitted to Google will have to target Android versions no more than a year old. Android P seems to be the one that should start Google's take-down on older apps, something that Apple has been doing for quite a while now. However, that is set to change with the arrival of the upcoming Android P, as it will no longer support those apps. Another reason could be that applications built for Android 4.1 and earlier may not be as optimised for modern smartphones.

Google has already shown its dedication to bringing the Play Store apps up to date by setting a minimum API support requirement for newly uploaded apps.

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Each Android version has a different set of rules for how apps are allowed to operate on a given device.

This sees Google following in the footsteps of Apple, which ended support of 32-bit apps in iOS 11.

To recap, Android P has added a ton of new features to the world's most popular mobile operating system, including notch and multi-camera support, upgraded performance and security, enhancements to Android Runtime, and more.