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Google Upgrading Security with Higher Compatibility Thresholds for Android Apps

Android 15 to block app downloads for outdated OS versions

Google Upgrading Security with Higher Compatibility Thresholds for Android Apps

Google is taking steps to enhance security and compatibility with newer versions of Android by raising the threshold for parallel downloads of apps targeted at obsolete versions of its mobile operating system. Starting with Android 15, apps must target at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel. This means that any attempt to download an app targeting an outdated version of Android will prompt a warning dialog about the security risks associated with the app lacking the latest security features.

Android 6.0, released in 2015, brought significant changes to the operating system, including improvements to battery life and stricter privacy requirements for app permissions. With Android 15, Google aims to further enhance security and compatibility with newer versions of Android. The second preview of Android 15 Developer introduces this change to block the installation of apps from outside the Google Play Store with an SDK level lower than 24.

Google previously made similar changes with Android 14, raising the threshold to level 23, equivalent to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, apps must be compatible with at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel.

These changes mark Google’s ongoing efforts to improve security and ensure a better user experience for Android users. By setting higher compatibility thresholds, Google aims to protect users from potential security risks associated with outdated app versions and maintain the integrity of the Android ecosystem.

As Android 15 is still in development, these changes reflect Google’s commitment to continuously improving the platform and providing a secure and reliable user experience for its millions of users worldwide.

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