New Android App Bundle and goal API degree necessities in 2021

Posted by Hoi Lam, Developer Relations Engineer, Android Platform

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In 2021, we’re persevering with with our annual goal API degree replace, requiring new apps to focus on API degree 30 (Android 11) in August and in November for all app updates. As well as, as announced earlier this 12 months, Google Play would require new apps to make use of the Android App Bundle publishing format. This brings the advantages of smaller apps and easier releases to extra customers and builders and helps ongoing funding in superior distribution.

Over 750,000 apps and video games already publish to manufacturing on Google Play utilizing app bundles. High apps switching save a mean dimension of 15% versus a common APK. Customers profit from smaller downloads and builders like Netflix and Riafy see greater set up success charges, which is very impactful in areas with extra entry degree gadgets and slower knowledge speeds. Builders switching can use superior distribution options equivalent to Play Asset Delivery and Play Feature Delivery. We worth your suggestions and plan to introduce additional options and choices for Play App Signing and Android App Bundles earlier than the switchover.

Necessities for brand spanking new apps

From August 2021, the Google Play Console would require all new apps to:

Necessities for updates to current apps

From November 2021, updates to current apps will likely be required to focus on API degree 30 or above and alter for behavioral changes in Android 11. Present apps that aren’t receiving updates are unaffected and may proceed to be downloaded from the Play Retailer.

Necessities for fast experiences

The swap to Android App Bundle supply may even impression on the spot experiences utilizing the legacy Instantaneous app ZIP format. From August 2021, new on the spot experiences and updates to current on the spot experiences will likely be required to publish instant-enabled app bundles.

Shifting ahead collectively

Here’s a abstract of all of the adjustments:




New apps 
on Google Play


Android App Bundle (AAB)

Goal API degree set to 29+

Goal API degree set to 30+

Enlargement recordsdata (OBBs)

Play Asset Delivery or 
Play Feature Delivery




Updates to current apps 
on Google Play

No new publishing format requirement

Goal API degree set to 29+

Goal API degree set to 30+

Put on OS apps will not be topic to the brand new goal API degree requirement.

Apps can nonetheless use any minSdkVersion, so there isn’t any change to your skill to construct apps for older Android variations.

To be taught extra about transitioning to app bundles, watch our new video collection: modern Android development (MAD) skills. We’re extraordinarily grateful for all of the builders who’ve adopted app bundles and API degree 30 already. We look ahead to advancing the Android platform along with you.

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