At the end of 2017, Google announced plans to stop supporting outdated 32-bit Android applications, and now the company has shared new details and more accurate timing of this transition. However, the process runs the risk of being delayed, as the search giant is most loyal to the developers and owners of old devices.
From August 1 this year, Google will require developers to make all new Android applications and updates to existing ones 64-bit. This will probably be timed to coincide with the release of Android 10 Q. according to the company, such programs provide noticeably better performance when running on devices with 64-bit processors than 32-bit ones.
It is important that even after August, some developers will be able to continue to provide updates to 32-bit applications through Google Play. The list of exceptions includes games created on the basis of Unity 5.6 or an older version of this engine. No one is in a hurry and developers of applications for Wear OS and Android TV platforms that do not support 64-bit code. Another exception to the rule were applications for Android Pie or a newer version.
The final transition to 64 bits will take place in August 2021, after which Google will no longer display 32-bit programs in Google Play on devices with 64-bit processors. At the same time, Google Play will continue to support and display 32-bit applications on devices with 32-bit architecture.