At Google, we highly value the critical role that SDKs play in the Android ecosystem by providing developers with the tools to build high-quality apps and games and reduce development cost. In the past, we have worked to better serve the developer community as well as our end users. We are now looking to expand this with a new initiative for SDK developers, and we would like to invite all SDK developers to participate in it.
Support customers migrating to targetSdkVersion-28 and 64-bit support
In 2019, apps will need to meet new requirements in Google Play. Your SDKs and libraries also need to meet those requirements:
- App and game developers across the Android ecosystem are moving to meet the Google Play targetSdkVersion requirement. Before they can update, they need your SDKs to support the latest platform behaviors as well.
- App and game developers will also need to meet the Google Play 64-bit requirement and provide 64-bit versions of 32-bit libraries and SDKs included in their APKs as .so files.
- We'll use your registered email address to contact you if we discover issues
with your SDK's support for
targetSdkVersion26 or 64-bit.
- We'll provide resources and a timeline that you can use for planning.
Resources for improving SDK quality
- Developers are looking for high-quality SDKs and libraries that support modern Android, offer performance while conserving battery, and have a track record of compliance with Google Play's developer policies.
- We'll provide resources to highlight key quality issues and help you check your SDK against them.
- We'll help you make your SDKs easier and faster to use and more testable, through Kotlin, Architecture Components, and other tools.
Rapid escalation for issues
- When your customers' apps are affected by an issue in your SDK, you want to know and respond as quickly as possible.
- You can register an escalation email address that lets us notify you in cases where apps are facing critical issues caused by your SDK.
- You don't need a Play Console account. Just register your email address.
Get news and updates
You can register an informational email address to receive periodic communication from Google about what's new for SDKs and libraries on Android. For example:
- Upcoming policy changes
- News on key topics like platform changes, compliance, and trends
- Details on new products and APIs that you can use to deliver better performance to your customers worldwide
- Updates on new tools that can help you support your app developers
You can register your SDK's contact information at any time using this form.