Apps Developed for Android 4.1 and Lower Versions Will No More Be Supported by Android

Android P, the next version of Google's mobile operating system, will now reportedly block all the apps built for Android 4.1 as well as its lower versions. Recently, Google rolled out the Android P Developer Preview, and it looked like it would start blocking every application that is too old. As per the latest reports, the Android application development in these versions will now be required to target a minimum API level of 17, which is the same as Android 4.2. This, quite naturally, means that the applications below the API level will stop functioning when Android P is turned out.

The latest police report has found that the minimum API level that is supported by Android P is 17. Also, a recent Reddit post has detailed down an API teardown for Android P and revealed that apps that target a lower value will fail to install and run on Android P.

Let’s roll our eyes on some of the important features of Android-

With Google enabling encryption for backups with a client-side secret and per-network randomization of MAC addresses, Android app development services for this version have become more engaging as well as intriguing. However, all the features in demand won't be fully available until the best service is doled out.Also, with a number of innovations on board, individual apps are going to have a better access to the fingerprint system in Android P, including a better UI across the applications so that the users do believe in the fact that the fingerprint authentication is coming from the same trusted source.

At the same time, you will find a lot of privacy and security measures being undertaken in the background for Android P. The biggest by far is a new diminution system for sensors, cameras, and microphones when an app is marked as frigid and idle. Once the app becomes lax and slack, all the systems will stop reporting to the same and any application searching for information from those sources will get nothing in return. Google is going so far as to recommend peeling off any language requesting background access, as these features will no longer work. Simultaneously, Google is also ensuring encryption for backups with a client-side secret.

Any Android application development is incomplete without offering multiple cameras. Almost all the Android phones of today come with front and back cameras these days, but very few of them are able to work simultaneously. To solve the issue, Google is now all set to add an API for the developers to give them a leverage to create multiple cameras that can be used at a time.

From an Apple-style live Portrait Mode camera to standard and thermal cameras in several commercial phones, the users can now even delve into the opportunity of experiencing depth-sensing magic lenses that can overlay two images simultaneously. Moreover, Google is creating support for apps to use image equilibrium and display-based flash just like the primary camera app in several ordinary phones in the market.

Notably, in the Android P Developer Preview 1, Google is warning users when it spots an old app, and delivering the message, "This app was built for an older version of Android and may not work properly. Try checking for updates, or contact the developer."

In last year, in the month of December, Google had said in a blog post that every new Android application development submitted to Google will have to pick out such Android versions that are not more than a year old. So, when it comes to Android P, the minimum supported apps have to stay on Android 4.2, and the new app submissions will have to target Android 8.0 Oreo or above.

However, it is still not clear whether Google will block the old applications entirely in the final Android P release or if it will only showcase a deterrent initially. Now with Google trying to improve the security features with Android P, the idle apps are also blocked by the authority in order to prevent them from accessing your smartphones' camera and mic. The old applications might be functional in nature but might contain security vulnerabilities. Another reason could be that the apps built for Android 4.1 and earlier may not be properly optimized for modern smartphones.

So, the time has now come to bid adieu to the archaic apps on the Google Play Store that have not experienced an update since Android Jelly Bean. To conclude, Android P has incorporated a ton of new features to the world's most top-notch mobile operating system, including multi-camera support, improvised performance and security, imp to Android Runtime, and many more.

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