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Android 15 to Block Installation of Some Apps

Google is introducing a new requirement for app compatibility with the release of Android 15, which will prevent certain apps from being installed on the new OS.

Currently, the minimum supported Android version for apps is set at API level 6 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow). This is about to change with Android 15.

According to Android Police, code from the second developer preview of Android 15 reveals that Google is implementing a new requirement for app installation. Only apps targeting API level 7.1 (Android Nougat) or higher will be allowed to be installed on Android 15.

The change is already in effect in the Android 15 preview builds.

Apps that target API level 6 or lower can still be installed on Android 14 without any issues. However, trying to install them on Android 15 will result in an error message from Google Play Protect. Sideloading them via ADB will also not be possible.

While this change is unlikely to affect a large number of users since the market share of Android 6 is very low at this point, it’s important for developers to update their apps and increase the minimum API level to 7.1 to avoid installation issues on Android 15.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

Android 15 will have a new minimum API level requirement of 7.1 (Android Nougat) for app installation.

Apps targeting API level 6 or lower will not be installable on Android 15.

The change is already in effect in the Android 15 preview builds.
Developers should update their apps to target API level 7.1 or higher to avoid installation issues on Android 15.

This change is expected to improve the overall security and performance of Android devices.

It’s worth noting that this is just one of the many changes coming to Android 15. For a complete overview of the new features and changes, you can check out the official Android 15 developer website.

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