new Delhi. To protect users from installing outdated apps that could put their data at risk, Google has announced to block and hide apps on the Play Store that are not with the latest Android operating system (OS) update. . Existing apps that do not target API levels within two years of the latest major Android release version will no longer be available for search or installation from November 1st this year for new users who have Android OS versions of the app’s target API levels. More than. “The requirement window will adjust as new Android OS versions are launched in future,” said Krish Vitaldevra, director of product management.
As part of Google’s latest policy update, the company is taking additional steps to protect users from installing apps that don’t have new privacy and security features. Google currently requires new apps and app updates to target Android API levels within a year of the latest major Android OS version release.
New apps and app updates that do not meet this requirement cannot be published to Google Play. Users with the latest devices or who are completely caught up on Android updates look forward to realizing the full potential of all the privacy and security of Android. “Expanding API requirements while raising our target level will protect users from installing older apps that may not have these protections,” Google said. According to the company, most of the apps on Google Play already comply with these standards. Google said it is notifying developers in advance and providing resources for those who need them.