Google has finally noticed that Android's security depends heavily on how well applications are protected. What does this mean for programs in the Google Play store?

An important entry appeared on the official Google blog in which Product Manager – Edward Cunningham informed about the changes that applications are waiting for in the official Google Play store. Over the next two years , important moves will be gradually implemented to improve the security of programs and adapt them to newer versions of Android. Let's start with the fact that developers who want their application to be in the Google Play store will have to prepare it for Android Oreo . These changes will take effect from August 2018. From November of the same year, all applications will need to receive an update, adapting them to Android Oreo. In turn, from the beginning of next year there will be new metadata added to the .apk file, which will check the authenticity of the application. From 2019, all applications will have to be 64-bit, even if the developer decided otherwise. At this point, you can prepare an application that will be targeted at older Android releases. What's more, it does not have to ask the user for permission to access data from the camera or location. This requirement appeared only from Android Marshamallow. Applications that will not be updated will be able to stay in the store . In addition, tools for creating programs for older versions of Android will still be available. However, they will not be accepted into the Google Play store. The above changes are good traffic from Google. Finally, Android users will be able to feel safer by downloading apps from the store. Until now, there were no clear guidelines for developers that would cut down the unprecedented precedents. Let's hope that soon we will learn more about these changes, which will be implemented gradually – actually at the end of the next year. It is also worth adding that the whole will reflect on the secondary market of Android smartphones. They will block newer models from older ones that will not receive updates. Thus, they will stop acquiring new products. It also means that they will be less secure. Source: Google