Google Enhances Android Security by Raising Compatibility Threshold for App Downloads

Android 15 to block app downloads for outdated OS versions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 raising the compatibility threshold for app downloads. With the release of Android 15, apps must be compatible with at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel. This change aims to block the installation of apps from outside the Google Play Store with an SDK level lower than 24, prompting a warning dialog about the security risks associated with the app lacking the latest security features.

The second preview of Android 15 Developer introduces this change to further enhance security by preventing parallel downloads of apps targeted at outdated versions of its mobile operating system. This move is part of Google’s 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By setting higher compatibility thresholds, Google aims to protect users from potential security risks associated with outdated app versions and maintain the integrity of the Android ecosystem.

Android 6.0, released in 2015, introduced significant changes to the operating system, including improvements to battery life and stricter privacy requirements for app permissions. The changes coming with Android 15 aim to further enhance security and compatibility with newer versions of Android, building on previous updates like Android 14 that raised the threshold to level 23, equivalent to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Now, apps must be compatible with at least Android 7.0 Nougat to be downloaded in parallel.

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