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Google says that starting in August 2018 all new apps submitted will need to target Android Oreo, and in November 2018 updates to existing apps will need to do the same.

Google updated the blog on December 21 to clarify that it is not ending support for 32-bit apps and devices, but it will require developers to provide 64-bit versions of their apps by August 2019.

"For apps that use native libraries, 64-bit code typically offers significantly better performance, with additional registers and new instructions", Google wrote on the Android Developers Blog.

According to the American giant, Google Assistant will be able to gather information using the camera and also perform purchasing products and identify songs. However, developers only had the option to choose 64-bit support for their apps, if they wanted. By August 2019, all apps will be required to provide a 64-bit variant regardless if they target older versions of Android. Google will be the one to do this, so developers do not need to do anything to implement this change.

Starting in the second half of 2018, Google will also require Android developers to ensure that any new applications they write are designed for the latest versions of the operating system. Having developers target Android 8.0 Oreo in creating their apps ensures that people are protected from various vulnerability risks, including malware. This announcement by Google comes months after Apple dropped the 32-bit app support in iOS 11. Developers will not have to take any action for this to be implemented to their apps.

At this stage, though listed on Google Play, the Amazon Prime app for Android TV has no compatibility for any Android TV boxes on the market.

With that being said, the role that Play Services serves is to make sure the Android ecosystem runs smooth and that it never malfunctions. These requirements will advance each year so apps in August 2019 will need to target the next version of Android.

Google also plans to begin adding "security metadata" to apps in the Play Store.

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