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App makers on deadline as Google drops 32-bit support

Google has given app developers six months to get 64-bit compliant or be kicked out of the Play Store, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Google’s timeline for phasing out 32-bit apps

Google will be assisting developers in their optimisation journeys by preparing documentation on how to check if their apps support 64-bit and how to become 64-bit compliant.

Starting 1 August 2019:

  • All new apps and app updates are required to provide 64-bit versions of any 32-bit native code they provide.
  • Exception: Google Play will continue to accept 32-bit only updates to existing games that use Unity 5.6 or older until August 2021.

Exception: Google Play will continue to accept 32-bit only updates to existing games that use Unity 5.6 or older until August 2021.

Starting 1 August 2021:

  • Google Play will stop serving apps without 64-bit versions on 64-bit capable devices, meaning they will no longer be available in the Play Store on those devices.
  • This will include games built with Unity 5.6 or older.

The requirement does not apply to:

  • Apps or app bundles explicitly targeting Wear OS or Android TV, which are form factors that do not currently support 64-bit code.
  • Apps or app bundles that Google Play won’t install on Android 9 Pie or later (support for 64-bit does not need to extend to apps that are only on Android 8 Oreo and below).
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