Google has once again changed the target API level requirements for all apps submitted to its Google Play store.
Since August 3, 2020, the company has been requesting all new applications submitted to (Google Play) target Android 10.
All current application updates should now target Android 10 (API Level 29) or higher.
The search giant made similar changes at the end of last year, requiring Android app developers to target newer API levels since 2017.
Since its stable release in September 2019, Android 10’s market share has grown steadily, with the operating system running across 100 million devices just 5 months after its launch.
Android 10 was running in April of 2020 across 8.2 percent of all Google-certified devices.
This percentage has risen dramatically in the past few months because Google has requirements regarding the version of the operating system that can run the new devices.
And you realize how important the release is when you take a look at the many new APIs available in Android 10.
Some of the notable APIs include support for foldable devices, support for 5G networks, support for dark mode, and enhanced privacy features.
Most developers have likely made their apps now suitable for targeting Android 10 or higher, and any developer who has not yet adhered to Google’s rules risks abandoning their software, leaving consumers in trouble.
By asking app developers to target Android 10, Google hopes to encourage the adoption of new APIs, which means providing users with an improved experience.
And previous versions of Android are still more prevalent than newer versions, and the search giant is slowly closing the retail gap and making it easier for manufacturers to update their devices under initiatives such as Project Treble.
The same story should be repeated next year when Google asks developers to target Android 11 (API Level 30).