Deadline Approaching: Google’s new Android API level 26 Requirements

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[Update: With the 10.3 Carnival Beta, you're now able to target the Google Play Store to meet the new API level requirement. If you're a customer active on Update Subscription, contact your sales representative if you haven't received an invite to join the 10.3 NDA Beta.]
If you’re not currently building for Android and your team doesn’t have plans to target Android in the near future, you can disregard this upcoming Google Play Store requirement.
Do you know how you will meet the new Google Play requirements that apps support at least Android 8.0 (API level 26)? Here are the critical dates you need to know:
  • AUGUST 1, 2018.  All new apps must target Android API level 26
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2018. All app updates for existing apps must target Android API level 26.
We’ve gotten a number of questions from our customers on this and wanted to share how you can address these new requirements. There are at least two solutions.


Option 1: Get the 10.3 Beta Release including support for Android API level 26

The change to support Android API level 26 requires significant work, and is not possible in a 10.2 update. We plan to deliver full support for Android API level 26 in the next major release of RAD Studio, 10.3. While this release will take some more time, we understand that some customers require a solution soon. We will invite all customers on active Update Subscription to join our upcoming 10.3 Beta (under NDA). More details on the Beta and how to sign up will be shared in the coming weeks over email - check your inbox.
The 10.3 beta will allow you to target Android API level 26. Although the usual beta restrictions do not allow for building and deploying production apps, this beta will have a special EULA provision allowing you to deploy (production) Android apps to the Google Play Store.
Being able to participate in our Beta program is one of the great benefits of Update Subscription. You can check how many days you have remaining on your Update Subscription using the License Manager.


Option 2: Using 10.2.3

In lieu of using the 10.3 beta to deliver Android API level 26 ready apps, another option is to follow Embarcadero MVP Dave Nottage’s excellent blog post on how to target Android API Level 26 with Delphi, C++Builder and RAD Studio 10.2.3 Tokyo:
Note: Features discussed above are not committed until completed and GA released.

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  • Stephen K12691
    Stephen K12691 Thursday, 13 September 2018


    I've signed up - any idea when the beta might be available?


  • Edmar Frazão
    Edmar Frazão Monday, 27 August 2018

    TEnho duas licenças ativas, e não tenho acesso ao beta. Então estamos em como gerar versão compativel.

  • Edmar Frazão
    Edmar Frazão Monday, 27 August 2018

    Sem ter como gerar versão compativel

  • Registered U25487
    Registered U25487 Friday, 10 August 2018

    "comming weeks" would EMB care to reimburse us for subscription costs while we wait so we can use the product we have paid for? this is not acceptable and half baked. 10.2.3 is using API and NDK tools that are YEARS old, you cant do this to customers if you expect them to pay for your product.

  • Marcos Nielsen
    Marcos Nielsen Saturday, 4 August 2018

    Hi Sarina
    What should we do to get the (Beta) version RAD Studio, 10.3.

  • Sarina D
    Sarina D Tuesday, 7 August 2018

    Hi Marcos,

    Update Subscription customers will be invited to the 10.3 Beta once the beta has been kicked off.
    More details on the Beta and how to sign up will be shared in the coming weeks over email.


  • Marcos Nielsen
    Marcos Nielsen Saturday, 4 August 2018

    olá Sarina
    O que devemos fazer para para conseguir a versão (Beta) RAD Studio, 10.3.

    Marcos Nielsen

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