Google requires all apps to have 64-bit support by August, 2019

Published on December 20, 2017

Google has established a new rule for all Android app developers. Starting August 2019, all apps must have 64-bit support. Otherwise, they stand the possibility of being eliminated from the Play Store. Android has extended its support for 64-bit apps since the time Lollipop was introduced back in 2015. However, it hasn’t been a mandatory clause for all to follow.


As noted by Engadget, the apps need not end their 32-bit compatibility in the process. At the same time, their products should feature a 64-bit code to be qualified for the official Google App Store. The app developers are provided with a lot of time to meet this requirement. They have another, somewhat urgent need to make instead.

Apps have to be made compatible with Android Oreo’s programming interface by August 2018. While they won’t necessarily be run on Oreo as all the Android smartphones won’t be updated with the same, the developers will have to leap soon enough.

Apart from this, Google plans on launching a security upgrade in early 2018. The app developers and coders need not worry about the new change as the search-giant merely intends on including a small amount of security metadata for “badge of authenticity.” Coming back to the 64-bit requirement, Google is quite late to the party.

Apple already required its app developers for a 64-bit code since February 2015. With the launch of IOS 11, the Cupertino technology giant even ended support for 32-bit apps. This change will significantly impact the smartphone world. Android app developers have lesser number of choices if they want to make an extension. They are, however, encouraged to find solutions or alternatives to wound about with this problem.

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