Why Google requires its applications to be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo?
In order to increase application security and performance, Google is imposing some new rules. From August 2018, every new application for the Google Play Store must be compatible with the Android 8.0 Oreo version. Android 8.0 Oreo includes new requirements for data protection. An application can no longer access information contained in the phone (such as contacts, camera, mic and even location), unless it explicitly requests to do so.Android 8.0 Oreo compatible applications will also perform better, with functions that don’t overload the phone’s memory or drain its battery.
How does it affect me?
From August 2018, you will have to create your applications with the new version of AppFactory 4.9, which will create applications in compliance with theAndroid 8.0 Oreo standards. From then on, a message will appear when your Android applications are opened, asking final users to authorise access to their data. For example, if you use the enrichment Map in your documents, the application will need to access the smartphone’s location to show the user’s position. If you use the enrichment Record Audio, the application will need to access the smartphone’s microphone. In each instance, users must have explicitly given their agreement. Log in to download AppFactory or learn more about App creation with Rakuten Aquafadas.
My application is already online, do I have to carry out an update?
No, an update is not necessary. Your application will not be deleted from the Google Play Store.
I have to update my application. Does it have to be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo?
From November 2018, your application must be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo. You will have to use AppFactory 4.9 to create an updated version of your application.
When will AppFactory 4.9 be available?
It will be available from July 2018.
Can I expect any other rules from Google?
Yes, from August 2019, new applications with native libraries (which includes applications created by Rakuten Aquafadas) will have to provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions. In general, the 64-bit code performs significantly better. Rakuten Aquafadas will prepare a version of AppFactory to create this kind of application.