MADRID, Jan. 10 (Portaltic/EP) –
Google will make it easier for developers to implement new features in older versions of Android, allowing the life of devices to be extended.
The new Extension SDK seeks to expand both the flexibility and reach of application developers, to make it easier to deploy new features outside of major updates, and to bring recent features to existing operating system versions.
For this second case, Google has announced that the EDK Extension has support for cross-compatibility of functions. Some more recent ones, such as those that are being developed for the latest version of Android, can also be implemented in older ones, knowing that they will work.
The company gives the photo selector as an example. At first, the API was developed for level 33 (Android T or Android 13), but now it can also run at level 30 (Android R or Android 11), as stated in its official Developers blog.
On the other hand, the Extension SDK allows developers to prepare the ‘Privacy Sandbox’ test, which the company plans to roll out early this year in a beta for Android 13 devices.
This preparation is understood within the framework of Google’s intention that developers can quickly implement new features “outside the main API level releases”, that is, without having to wait for a new version of Android.