Google Enhances Security and Compatibility with Newest Android Version: Setting Higher Thresholds to Protect Users

Android 15 to block app downloads for outdated OS versions

Google is taking steps to enhance security and compatibility with newer versions of Android by implementing changes that prevent the parallel download of apps targeted at outdated versions of its mobile operating system. The threshold for this change will require apps to target at least Android 7.0 Nougat in order to be downloaded in parallel.

In addition to this change, the second preview of Android 15 Developer introduces a new feature that blocks 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 older version of Android will prompt a warning dialog about the security risks associated with the app lacking the latest security features.

The changes coming with Android 15 aim to further improve security and compatibility, building on the improvements introduced with Android 6.0 in 2015, which included significant changes such as improvements to battery life and stricter privacy requirements for app permissions. With these changes, Google is continuing its 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By setting higher compatibility thresholds, Google aims to protect users from potential security risks associated with outdated app versions and maintain the integrity of the Android ecosystem. As Android 15 continues to develop, these changes are likely to have a positive impact on both user experience and overall security on the platform.

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