In order to increase application security and performance, Google is imposing new rules. From August 2018, every new application for the Google Play Store must be compatible with the Android 8.0 Oreo version including new data protection requirements.
An application can no longer access information contained in the phone (such as contacts, camera, mic and even location), unless it explicitly requests to do so. All applications compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo will also perform better, with functions that don’t overload the phone’s memory or drain its battery.
How does it affect me?
From August 2018 to adhere to Android 8.0 Oreo standards, you will have to create your applications with the new version of AppFactory 5.0. As a result, a message will appear when your Android applications are opened, asking final users to authorise access to their data.
For example, if you use the enrichment Map in your documents, the application will need to access the smartphone’s location to show the user’s position. If you use the enrichment Record Audio, the application will need to access the smartphone’s microphone. In each instance, users must have explicitly given their agreement.
My application is already online, do I have to carry out an update?
No, it is not necessary. Your application will not be deleted from the Google Play Store.
I have to update my application. Does it have to be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo?
From November 2018, your application must be compatible with Android 8.0 Oreo. You will have to use AppFactory 5.0 to create an updated version of your application.