Apple recently required all developers on the App Store submit their apps in 64-bit or be subject to removal. Google have just announced similar, but less draconian measure for their own Google Play store. Details of the new requirements from the Android Developer Blog:
- In the second half of 2018, Play will require that new apps and app updates target a recent Android API level. This will be required for new apps in August 2018, and for updates to existing apps in November 2018. This is to ensure apps are built on the latest APIs optimized for security and performance.
- In August 2019, Play will require that new apps and app updates with native libraries provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions.
- Additionally, in early 2018, Play will start adding a small amount of security metadata on top of each APK to further verify app authenticity. You do not need to take any action for this change.
We discuss the change in this video in more detail.