Release notes

Developer Preview releases of the Privacy Sandbox on Android are intended to help with early development, testing, and feedback. Android Privacy Sandbox Developer Previews are early builds that are still in active development, so things might not always work as expected.

The Privacy Sandbox Developer Preview is subject to further change. Feedback is encouraged.

To get started, set up your development environment and flash the Privacy Sandbox on Android on your test device or emulator.

Current release

  • Release: Privacy Sandbox on Android Developer Preview 2
  • Release date: May 17, 2022

Developer Preview 2 includes early previews of the MeasurementManager attribution reporting APIs.

  • You can call registerSource() and registerTrigger() to register app ad events and receive event-level reporting data for app-to-app attribution. Our current implementation uses last-touch attribution. Reports are scheduled to be sent out as defined by the reporting windows. Refer to the MeasurementManager API reference for more information.
  • The actual report upload happens at the end of fixed intervals of time, rather than at the exact scheduled time. The reporting upload interval is 4 hours by default, but can be overridden with the following adb command:

    adb shell device_config put adservices measurement_main_reporting_job_period_ms <duration in milliseconds>
    
  • A sample app and reference ad tech server for testing APIs will be published in a future release.

  • Other MeasurementManager attribution reporting API features like aggregate reporting, post-install attribution, and redirects will be available in a later release.

Past releases

Developer Preview 1

  • Release: Privacy Sandbox on Android Developer Preview 1
  • Release date: April 28, 2022

Developer Preview 1 includes early previews of the Topics API and SDK Runtime. Functionality for FLEDGE on Android and Attribution Reporting APIs will become available in a future release.

  • Topics API
    • The getTopics() API currently returns test values based on offline classification for a limited set of apps. On-device classifications are not yet implemented.
    • You can use adb commands to override epoch intervals and force-trigger epoch computation.
    • Read the Topics developer guide for details.
  • SDK Runtime
    • You can package and build runtime-enabled SDKs (RE SDKs) using the new <sdk-library> element in your SDK app's manifest file. Install RE SDKs on a supported test device or emulator as you would normally install an app during development.
    • You can integrate an app with RE SDKs, load them in the SDK Runtime, and test the impact of restricted access on the SDK code -- permissions, memory, and app-to-SDK communications. Storage APIs for RE SDKs are not yet implemented, and will become available in a future release.
    • An SDK can render WebView-based banner ads or content in the SDK Runtime.
    • Read the SDK Runtime developer guide for more information.
  • Android lint checks
    • Android lint checks may incorrectly show warnings in projects compiled with the API level TiramisuPrivacySandbox. For example, you may see the warning message: "Call requires API level 33". You can temporarily address this by using the @SuppressLint("NewApi") annotation.