Mobile App Upcoming Changes - Android App Bundle Compliance

Hi,


If you are distributing mobile applications through Google Play, please read this carefully.


As announced by Google, from August 1 2021 for new apps and from November 1 2021 for app updates, to continue publishing apps in Google Play, apps must target Android 11 SDK and be generated with the Android App Bundle (AAB) format.


In January, OutSystems released MABS 7 to generate Android apps to target Android 11 SDK to prepare for the upcoming changes. In May, we expect to release Platform Version 11.12.0 to allow developers to generate Android apps with AAB format. 


From the Platform server version 11.12.0 onwards, to build Android apps with the AAB format, OutSystems added a new distribution type called “Google Play (App Bundle)”, that can be selected in Service Studio or Service Center, and the final result will be an AAB instead of an APK


To support this transition, you can also refer to the following checklists that cover the most usual scenarios, following the steps in the scenario that best fits your situation:

  • I want to publish a new app in Google Play after August 1, 2021.

    • Immediately start planning your Platform Server update to version 11.12.0, and update as soon as it’s released.

    • Make sure that you are building your mobile apps with MABS7.

  • I want to publish an app update in Google Play after November 1, 2021.

    • Ensure that your Platform Server is updated to version 11.12.0 by November 1, and that your apps are built and tested with MABS7


If you require further information or if you have any questions, please contact the OutSystems support team.


Thank you,

Hugo Gonçalves

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