Android Question targetSdkVersion to 26+"

Discussion in 'Android Questions' started by Beja, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. Beja

    Beja Expert Licensed User

    "Starting from August 2018 for new apps and November 2018 for existing apps, Google will force developers to set the targetSdkVersion to 26+"

    Hi Erel
    How about Apps already installed on devices? Does this mean all Apps in the world will stop in November until recompiled?

    Best. B
     
  2. KMatle

    KMatle Expert Licensed User

    No. It only means that Google forces App developers to set it to 26+ if they want to upload it to the store.

    Setting it to 23+ causes Android to use new logic on newer devices (older use the old level) like "no app is allowed to store anything unless you ask the user via runtime permissions".
     
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  3. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    If it is not clear the restriction is only applied when you try to upload a new update to Google Play.
     
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  4. peggjones

    peggjones Active Member Licensed User

    That is interesting. I only ever write apps for my "personal consumption" so if the restriction is only enforced on a upload to Google Play I will have nothing to change. Fingers crossed!
     
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  5. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    That's true.
     
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  6. Beja

    Beja Expert Licensed User

    Thanks Erel abd Klaus. Very important clarification.
     
  7. peggjones

    peggjones Active Member Licensed User

    When you think about it seems likely that the SDK level will be checked for on upload to Google play. Where else could they do it? It makes a lot of difference to me. I wonder how many other people are like me and only ever develop for themselves. Because of the uncertainty I don't whether to start work on apps or wait and hope that it won't be necessary!
     
  8. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    There is no doubt that it is only for store apps.

    Note that the changes required are not so big. Once you understand the main new concepts you can very quickly update all your apps.
     
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