Google has announced several new measures which will be undertaken in the coming years in order to tighten up the security of its Google Play ecosystem and the apps which are available through it, as well as improving the performance of the platform. Google has also said that they will advance the requirement each year.
Before you get too excited and rush to boot up your Sony Android TV or Nexus Player, however, it's worth noting that the app is now all but useless as it doesn't seem to support any Android TV devices. Android has supported 64-bit apps since Android 5.0 Lollipop started rolling out to users in late 2014.More news: 'SNL': Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Declares 'The War on Christmas Is Over'
The company is making the move in anticipation of future Android that support 64-bit apps.
Google has planned to fully embrace support for 64-bit apps starting August 2019. Google will be the one to do this, so developers do not need to do anything to implement this change. It is required for new apps launching in August 2018 and beyond to target AP level 26 (Android 8.0) or higher.
In the Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8, there's a Permissions Manager app in Lock Screen Security App Permission Monitor that lets you see which apps have used permissions in the background, which is helpful in identifying apps that don't have a reason for using permissions such as location and contacts. Google is following suit, though it has not said when it will drop 32-bit app support from Android. Developers will not have to take any action for this to be implemented to their apps. The metadata also signifies that it was distributed by the Google Play Store. In fact, it was only a few months back that we finally saw the Amazon Prime Video app arrive on the Play Store for traditional Android devices. If it has an ARM64 variant, it should be a 64-bit app, but if it is an X86 variant only, it's probably 32 bit app. Furthermore, beginning early 2018, Google will start adding what it described as a small amount of security metadata on top of Android application kits to verify application authenticity.