Mobile operating systems continue to evolve at a fast pace with iOS 12 scheduled to be released to the general public in September this year. Google charged ahead and, as you might have heard already, released Android 9.0 on August 6, 2018. This version of their mobile operating system was named “Pie”.
Fully compatible with Android 9
At the moment it is only available for two mobile devices – the Pixel phones and the Essential phone but it will be rolled out to more devices soon. We are especially looking forward to the impact of the machine learning assisted “adaptive battery life” feature. It will lead to longer battery durations, even when using computationally intensive applications. We have tested the Scanbot SDK for Android already extensively on this new version. The update should not cause any troubles whatsoever for our Scanbot SDK customers. If your company is still in front of the next update, you can find useful information and general hints in the Android 9 Migration Guide to make your apps fully compatible with the latest version of Android.
Required 64-bit support from August 2019
Starting in August 2019 new apps and updates to existing apps with native libraries need to provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit version. Read more about the required changes and their significant benefits in Google’s article about Improving security and performance. Well ahead of this due date the Scanbot SDK already includes native arm64-v8a libraries from version 1.31.0 and higher. This gives you the freedom to update your apps with the latest SDK months ahead of the required change. With the latest update, you can also check out our brand new Ready-To-Use UI components.
Important API level change
As also mentioned in the Improving security and performance article, the required target API level requirements are changing too. From August 2018 new apps need to target API level 26 or above. Updates to existing apps can still target lower levels. But from November on also these updates will have to use the increased level equaling Android 8.0. From the beginning of next year, the corresponding API level will always advance. This requires you to target the API level of the most recent update within the period of a year.
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