3 ways Google is changing Play Store in 2018

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According to the post, 64-bit code "offers significantly better performance, with additional registers and new instructions".

The move is meant to prepare for a future version of Android that will only support 64-bit apps, and Google is billing it as an improvement for the platform's security performance as a whole. Not only this, they are also expected to improve the performance and stability of the apps.

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Older versions of Android used to grant carte blanche permissions to every new app installed on a user's device. Although Android has supported 64-bit apps since Android 5.1 Lollipop was released in 2015, it hasn't been a requirement up until now. Coming into effect from August 2018, all apps submitted to the Play Store will be required to target API level 26 (for Android 8.0 Oreo) or higher. In November 2018, app updates will be required to target that API level. In fact, the Cupertino giant kept its word by dropping support for 32-bit apps with the launch of iOS 11. For a long time, users had to manually sideload a Prime Video APK if they wished to watch the service's content on their mobile devices. This is to further verify the authenticity of apps, and will happen without any action on the part of developers. Older apps that aren't being updated anymore can still target old versions of the OS, but many of these apps end up being removed over time as they run afoul of new Play Store policies. The official Play Store is filled with a plethora of apps that will make your lives much easier with tools such as the Uber app which gives people the ability to order drivers to take them to their destination and pay for the trip straight through the app. Amazon agreed to sell the Chromecast in its online store, and it released an Amazon Prime Video app for Android TV devices. These requirements will advance each year so apps in August 2019 will need to target the next version of Android. There will be some changes made to security metadata in early 2018, which will be Google's seal of authenticity for all Android apps.

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