05 February 2019
Google has announced the deadline for the transition to 64-bit Android apps for the developers. Google via its Developers Blog outlines the details on how it plans to transition to 64-bit. Back in 2017, Google announced that the apps that include a 32-bit library need to have a 64-bit version too and now it has set the deadline for the same. According to Google, starting August 1, 2019, all new apps and app updates that include native code are required to provide 64-bit versions in addition to 32-bit versions when publishing to Google Play.
Before detailing the deadline, Google first talked about the importance of 64-bit CPUs. Google explains to developers the 64-bit CPUs deliver faster, richer experiences for their users. The 64-bit version of the apps offer performance improvements, makes way for future innovation.
It should be noted that Google has been supporting the 64-bit CPUs since Android 5.0 Lollipop but it’s now becoming mandatory.
Google also explains that the Google Play will stop serving apps without 64-bit versions on 64-bit capable devices starting August 1, 2021, meaning they will no longer be available in the Play Store on those devices.
The change does not apply to Wear OS and Android TV applications because they do not currently support the 64-bit architecture.
Google has also stated that it’s not making any changes to its policy on 32-bit support and Play will continue to deliver apps to 32-bit devices. “This requirement means that apps with a 32-bit native code will need to have an additional 64-bit version as well.”
Here's the timeline for the same -