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Android 15 to block app downloads for outdated OS versions


Mar 26, 2024

Google is implementing changes to prevent the parallel download of apps targeted at obsolete versions of its mobile operating system starting with Android 15. The threshold will require apps to target at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel. The second preview of Android 15 Developer introduces this change to enhance security by blocking the installation of apps from outside the Google Play Store with an SDK level lower than 24. This means that any attempt to download an app targeting an outdated version of Android will prompt a warning dialog about the security risks associated with the app lacking the latest security features.

Android 6.0, released in 2015, introduced significant changes to the operating system, including improvements to battery life and stricter privacy requirements for app permissions. The changes coming with Android 15 aim to further enhance security and compatibility with newer versions of Android. Google previously made similar changes with Android 14, raising the threshold to level 23, equivalent to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, apps must be compatible with at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel.

As Android 15 is still in development, these changes mark Google’s ongoing efforts to improve security and ensure a better user experience for Android users. By setting higher compatibility thresholds, Google aims to protect users from potential security risks associated with outdated app versions and maintain the integrity of the Android ecosystem.

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