Posted by Hoi Lam, Developer Relations Engineer, Android Platform

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In 2021, we’re persevering with with our annual goal API degree replace, requiring new apps to focus on API degree 30 (Android 11) in August and in November for all app updates. As well as, as introduced earlier this yr, Google Play would require new apps to make use of the Android App Bundle publishing format. This brings the advantages of smaller apps and easier releases to extra customers and builders and helps ongoing funding in superior distribution.

Over 750,000 apps and video games already publish to manufacturing on Google Play utilizing app bundles. Prime apps switching save a median dimension of 15% versus a common APK. Customers profit from smaller downloads and builders like Netflix and Riafy see greater set up success charges, which is particularly impactful in areas with extra entry degree gadgets and slower knowledge speeds. Builders switching can use superior distribution options resembling Play Asset Supply and Play Characteristic Supply. We worth your suggestions and plan to introduce additional options and choices for Play App Signing and Android App Bundles earlier than the switchover.

Necessities for brand new apps

From August 2021, the Google Play Console would require all new apps to:

Necessities for updates to present apps

From November 2021, updates to present apps shall be required to focus on API degree 30 or above and regulate for behavioral adjustments in Android 11. Current apps that aren’t receiving updates are unaffected and might proceed to be downloaded from the Play Retailer.

Necessities for fast experiences

The change to Android App Bundle supply will even affect instantaneous experiences utilizing the legacy Immediate app ZIP format. From August 2021, new instantaneous experiences and updates to present instantaneous experiences shall be required to publish instant-enabled app bundles.

Shifting ahead collectively

Here’s a abstract of all of the adjustments:

TYPE OF RELEASE

REPLACED

REQUIRED AUG 2021

New apps 
on Google Play

APK

Android App Bundle (AAB)

Goal API degree set to 29+

Goal API degree set to 30+

Growth recordsdata (OBBs)

Play Asset Supply or 
Play Characteristic Supply

TYPE OF RELEASE

REPLACED

REQUIRED NOV 2021

Updates to present apps 
on Google Play

No new publishing format requirement

Goal API degree set to 29+

Goal API degree set to 30+

Put on OS apps are usually not topic to the brand new goal API degree requirement.

Apps can nonetheless use any minSdkVersion, so there isn’t any change to your capability to construct apps for older Android variations.

To study extra about transitioning to app bundles, watch our new video sequence: trendy Android improvement (MAD) abilities. We’re extraordinarily grateful for all of the builders who’ve adopted app bundles and API degree 30 already. We look ahead to advancing the Android platform along with you.