Monday, 19 March 2018

Android set to block apps built for Android 4.1 or lower versions with ANDROID P

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As per a report by Android Police, it is believed that Android P will have a feature, which will let Google block applications built for the dated Android 4.1 Jellybean OS or lower from running. Apparently, the smartphones running Android P might mot run very old apps. If you are running any old apps on your smartphone, then you need to think if you should upgrade the device to Android P once the update hits your device

Google Play Store has millions of applications and a whole lot of them would not have received an update since the time of their release. Probably, many apps might not have been updated for years together. There are possibilities for the developers to have forsaken these apps or these apps are simple enough to work despite the updates being rolled out to Android. The Android P update is believed to change this scenario.
While there is no clarity on why Android P will bring about this change and block the old apps from functioning, there is a possibility for the same to be aimed at reducing the security vulnerabilities or exploits. Many apps are functional could be prone to security vulnerabilities and these issues will be fixed with updates.
Another probable reason is that the old apps built for Android 4.1 Jellybean or older versions of the OS will not be optimized for the current-day smartphones with full-screen design, 18:9 displays, and other features. Anyways, we need to wait to get an official confirmation from Google regarding the Android P's support for the old and outdated applications.
Notably, Google is not the only company to put an end to supporting old and dated applications with the latest version of its operating system. Previously, Apple had mandated that developers update their applications to 64-bit in order to remain in the iTunes app store. Currently, Android P developer preview version is available and it is likely to be released to the compatible devices by the end of this year.

Source: GIZBOT

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