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Security and Privacy of Google Play Apps by Google

Most of the android apps focus on security and privacy to make sure everybody has a helpful experience in discovering and installing apps and games they love the most. With this piece of write up, you will get information about the latest changes which Android developers are facing, as well as explaining the motive for each change, and how these securities facilitate Android devices to become more protected and secure for the elongated term.

To make the apps more helpful and protected android developers will have to work on new requirements if they want their apps to be accessible on Google Play in the future. Those include supporting a latest Android version and adding support for 64-bit native code in the apps in the future. Moreover, Google will start including some safety metadata to perk up APK validity verification.

How to secure your apps?

There are several reasons for requiring an app to support the latest API version is benefiting the app with security and privacy that Google has been incrementally adding together to the Android platform. This does not signify that Android should stop supporting older Android versions, which is still encouraged. Google also illustrated that fresh apps published on Google Play from August 2018 need to have API level 26 (Android 8.0) at least in it using the target SDK Version manifest attribute.

The condition to hold 64-bit CPUs only have an effect on apps that comprise native libraries in them. Google says that more than 40% of at present used Android devices have 64-bit support and that their performance is considerably enhanced by running 64-bit code. For this Google Play also supports 32-bit apps and devices, so 64-bit support is an addition to the 32-bit support using a single APK or numerous APKs. This is one of the plus points for the developers which they can use in the future.

In addition to above, developers have almost 2 years period to transition to 64-bit, since this condition will start in August 2019. For now, you can start adding a little amount of security metadata on the pinnacle of each APK to confirm that it was authoritatively distributed by Google Play. The metadata which developers will add to APKs is like a Google Play badge of authenticity for your Android application. Surely 2017 has been an incredible year for developers who have seen growth and accomplishment on Google Play.

Wrap up

With all these features and the upcoming latest updates, we look forward to seeing the Android and Play ecosystem continue to flourish in 2018 and ahead. In the end to conclude this section we can say that Google will start to automatically add certification to its apps in early 2018. This modification does not have any effect on apps’ behavior, but surely will be used in the future to allow new distribution opportunities with the endeavor to help users to keep their apps up to date.

Source by Neha Bisht

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Eng. Malik Abualzait 8+ years of Web & Mobile development, I have also gave training to many public and private sectors in the Arab World.

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