Have you updated your Android app to 64-bit?

John Driver

Posted by John Driver

John Driver is Chairman and CEO at LynxTechnology.

April 28, 2020

Google has spoken: you are going to have to soon.

Do you have a branded media player in the Google Play store?

Copy of Copy of Android App Lynx

Did you know that you now have to have a 32- and 64-bit version available?

Don’t panic. Help is here.

A little background on why this is important.

In 2017 Google announced an initiative to move apps to 64-bit. Then not a lot happened for a couple of years. Finally, in January 2019, Google gave an update, as reported by ZDNet: Google to 64-bit Android device owners: No more 32-bit only apps from Aug 2021

The timeline for the transition was set, and it is happening in stages. In August 2019, “the Play Console required that all new apps and updates that include native code provide 64-bit versions.” So if you had an older 32-bit app, there were no worries (yet): Google did not remove 32-bit support with continued Play functionality.

Screenshot 2020-04-23 16.00.07Timeline credit: 9to5Google

Fast forward to 2020 and more details have emerged. Google gave an extra year for those legacy 32-bit AR apps. “In August 2020, Google Play Services for AR (ARCore) will remove support for 32-bit-only apps running on 64-bit devices. Support for 32-bit apps running on 32-bit devices is unaffected.”

But the big date is coming in August 2021, when the Play Store will stop serving non-64-bit apps to 64-bit capable devices (over 90% of the market as of Aug. 2019).

So what does this mean? Well, if you have a customer-facing streaming app that uses Android, you need to update. It will need to be 64-bit on the Google Play store. Otherwise, you will have extremely frustrated customers trying to use your app and unable to access their content.

The good news is that updating from 32 to 64-bit is possible quickly and efficiently using an app development partner. What might be a time-consuming or daunting task is what we do: we’ve spent the last year preparing and helping other companies.

Fortunately, Lynx Technology’s Twonky Mobile SDK is ready for 64-bit – simply use the SDK to incorporate compliant streaming technology into your app. It works with any streaming DTCP-IP use case. A simple update will avoid a lot of customer frustration. 

Interested in learning more about Twonky’s support of 64-bit streaming media?

Visit the Twonky Mobile SDK page or book a quick call with us.

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