Hello Google Play Developer,
Last year, we announced that we’re expanding our target API level requirements to protect users from installing apps that may not have the latest privacy and security features.
To help make Target API level deadlines clearer, we are unifying the dates to August 31 every year.
Starting August 31, 2023:
New apps and app updates must target API level 33 to be submitted to Google Play (Wear OS must target API 30).
Existing apps must target API level 31 or above to remain discoverable by all users on Google Play. Apps that target API level 30 or below (target API level 29 or below for Wear OS), will only be discoverable on devices running Android OS same or lower than your apps’ target API level.
You will be able to request an extension to November 1, 2023 if you need more time to update your app. You'll be able to access your app's extension forms in Play Console later this year.
We want to make sure you have ample time and resources to get prepared:
Yes, we will update (as we always do). The MIT AI2 Companion app for Android is built by App Inventor itself, so we need to make the necessary changes in order to publish updated versions of the companion. Usually we do the SDK updates during the summer, so expect an update in July or August to address the latest SDK.
My hope is that the update will be available for testing starting this weekend. We're in the process of reviewing a bunch of pull requests that will go into the next release, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug 26.
Well that was certainly an unwelcome email I received this morning telling me I need to update the API in 12 days, and have no way to do so using App Inventor
App was only uploaded to Play a few months ago.
Have requested an extension till November, hopefully AI comes up with the solution by then...