New requirements for Play Developers in 2018 and 2019, Play Console Tools and Updates

Google Play January 2018
 
New requirements for Play developers in 2018 and 2019
We’re giving Android developers a heads up about changes coming to Google Play to increase app security and performance. In the second half of 2018, new apps and app updates will be required to target a recent API level. In 2019, new apps and app updates with native libraries must provide 64-bit versions in addition to their 32-bit versions.
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Welcoming Android Oreo 8.1 and Android Oreo (Go edition)
Android Oreo 8.1: the final release of Android 8.1 (API level 27) is now available.
Android Oreo (Go edition): take into account the following guidelines and ensure your app runs great on devices running Android (Go edition).
What’s new on the Google Play Console
Google Play Console permissions: Team management has been improved in the Google Play Console including introducing a new ‘admin’ role which can manage users and permissions.
In-app subscription testing: As of February 20, 2018, subscription test purchases made with a license test account will renew more frequently. View the full renewal schedule to see how these changes will impact your testing process.
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Android Instant Apps
Reporting: The latest reporting metrics on the Play Console statistics page allows you to track Android Instant Apps launches by events and devices, in addition to conversion rates.
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New Android Excellence awardees
Congratulations to the newly added Android Excellence apps and games offering incredible user experiences on Android.
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