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Building Android 8.0 ready apps? be careful about google play store policy updates

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Google has announced the most significant change in its privacy policy. It has made three significant changes to its Play Store privacy policy. These are the changes that every mobile app development company should consider while developing the apps. Let's see what these changes are.

August 2018

Developers have to keep Android 8.0 in mind while developing an app from 1st August 2018. Google updated that all the new applications should support the Android 8.0 operating system.

In simple words, Google has made the Android 8.0 compulsory for the apps from 1st August onwards. Besides this, Android app developers have to update their previous apps and make them compatible with Android 8.0.

November 2018

From 1st November 2018, Google will not allow any developer to upload an app if it is not compatible with Android 8.0 OS. Hence, developers have to build their apps considering the features and specifications of Android 8.0.

Recently, Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to make the apps more secure for its users. After this update, Google seems that it is lagging behind the Apple regarding security.

Hence, Google has made some changes to its Play Store Policy.

As stated above, from 1st November 2018, all the apps will require the features and specifications of Android 8.0. It lets the developers build the apps on the latest APIs.

In this way, Google will make the future apps more secure for the users.

Play Store Policy for 2019

Another necessary change to the Play Store's Policy will come in the year 2019. The Google is going to add some rules and guidelines for the developers.

According to the Google, the 64-bit library support will be mandatory for all new apps and app updates from 2019 onwards. Google says that all of these new guidelines will improve the security and performance for its users.

According to the Google, more than 40% of devices coming online have 64-bit support, while still maintaining 32-bit compatibility. Hence, Google requires the new apps with native libraries will provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions.

Google says that the 64-bit code offers much better performance and is more secure. That's why it is going to make the 64-bit alternative compulsory from 2019.

Security Metadata

The Security Metadata is another big update about the Play Store policy of the Google. Google will soon add the security metadata to each APK.

It helps Google identifying whether the APK is distributed officially by the Google. The developers won't have to do anything differently for this change.

All these changes will take place on the Google's end. According to the Google, this security metadata will be inserted into the APKs signing block.

It will not affect the apps' functionality. This metadata will act as the authentication badge for the Android apps.

Impact of the Google's new policy

The developers have to make apps compatible with Android v8.0. For this, they have to create apps with the new version of App factory 4.9.

From then, a message will appear on the screen of the phone when users open their Android applications. Through this message, the app will ask users to authorize access to their data.

For example, the Maps need access to the smartphones' spot to show the users' location. An audio recorder app will need access to the smartphones' mic.

It lets users give their agreement explicitly.

Some general questions and their answers for developers regarding the update Regarding an update

A general question will strike the minds of the developers. "Do I have to carry an update, if the application is already online?" The answer to this question is negative.

The update is not necessary in such a case. Google will not delete the application from the Play Store.

Regarding compatibility

"I want to release an update for my application. Is it needed to make it compatible with the Android 8.0 Oreo?" The answer to this question is affirmative.

As explained earlier in this article, from November 2018, all the applications must be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Regarding App Factory 4.9

"Which tool can I use to update the apps to make them compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo?" You have to use the App factory 4.9 to create an updated version of the apps.

Some tips to create a trusted app as per the Google Play' Policy

  • Review the Policy Center

To understand the policy update in detail, you should review the Google Policy Center. It will help you stay on the right side of the Google Play Policy.

At the review center, you can read all the terms and conditions of the Google's policy. For example, restricted content, monetization & ads, families, enforcement, privacy, security, etc.

  • Describe your app properly

To avoid the metadata policy violation, you have to describe your app correctly. Therefore, it is advised not to hurry.

Take your time, as a slight mistake will reject your app.

  • Update your email preferences

Make sure to update your email address on the accounts detail page of your Play console. And also, do not forget to verify it.

It lets Google contact you in case, any policy issues arise.

  • Handle users' data with care

You should handle the users' data with care. Make sure that your app does not ask users to enter their personal or sensitive information.

  • Your ads do not violate the Google's policy

Make sure that the ads in your apps do not violate the Google Play Store's policy. The ads should close when a user wants to do so.

Also, the ads should not contain any adult content, violence, or anything else that violate the restricted content policy of Google.


Every year, the tech giants update their policies to make the users’ data more secure. After the Facebook’s data hack scenario, the tech giants are more serious about the users’ data.

The Google has updated its policy to increase the security of the users' data. Now, the developers and app development companies should focus more on the security of users' data.

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