As you may have seen, we worked with the Google Play Store team on an Android 32-bit extension for Delphi and C++Builder customers. This allows customers with existing Google Play Store apps to request an extension to the 64-bit requirement.
Embarcadero customers can submit extension requests for Android 32-bit app updates to existing Google Play Store applications until October 1st, 2019. Once a request has been granted, customers can keep submitting updates to existing apps until August 2020.
I'm happy to report that many Embarcadero customers have already had their extension request granted.
After following the steps for requesting an extension, you will likely receive a follow-up email with questions from the Google Play Store team that you will need to answer as part of the extension request review process.
Since I have been getting emails from some of our customers on this, I wanted to provide some sample answers below to help customers.
“Reason for not being able to be compliant in time”
Delphi: My 32-bit Android application was built with Embarcadero Delphi and Delphi does not currently have 64-bit support.
C++Builder: My 32-bit Android application was built with Embarcadero C++Builder and C++Builder does not currently have 64-bit support.
“Any intention for offering 64-bit support in the future?”
Delphi: Assuming that you plan to provide an Android 64-bit version in the future, you can state that you plan to provide 64-bit versions of your Android Google Play Store applications once Delphi provides 64-bit support.
C++Builder: Assuming that you plan to provide an Android 64-bit version in the future, you can state that you plan to provide 64-bit versions of your Android Google Play Store applications once C++Builder provides 64-bit support.
“If yes, provide the specific plan on how you will become compliant, with an estimation date for building 64-bit support in the future”
Delphi: Assuming that you plan to provide 64-bit versions of your application, you could state that Embarcadero’s latest published roadmap and PM roadmap commentary blog post mentions a Delphi Android 64-bit beta this summer and plans for a Delphi release with Android 64-bit support in late 2019 at which point you intend to provide a 64-bit version of your Android application.
C++Builder: Assuming that you plan to provide 64-bit versions of your application, you could state that you’re planning on an upgrade in conjunction with an Embarcadero release of their 64-bit compiler for C++ to Android in 2020.
You should also indicate when you plan to offer a 64-bit version of your Android application in the Google Play Store.
Note: These plans and roadmap represent our intentions as of this date, but our development plans and priorities are subject to change. Accordingly, we can’t offer any commitments or other forms of assurance that we’ll ultimately release any or all of the described products on the schedule or in the order described, or at all. These general indications of development schedules or “product roadmaps” should not be interpreted or construed as any form of a commitment, and our customers’ rights to upgrades, updates, enhancements and other maintenance releases will be set forth only in the applicable software license agreement.
I would recommend contacting Google Play Store support and requesting more information.
I would recommend contacting Google Play Store support again.
thanks for your articles.
On 24 July 2019 I applied for the extension for just 1 app, but Google never responded...
What can I do?
I asked google for 32bit exetension for 2 delphi apps.one was acepted, and the second was refused ! without detailWhat must I do now ?Thank
Hello Sarina, before the first of August I sent the 3 applications of my apps through the link you published.
I was approved one yesterday I don't know if by that means or by the mails that I was sending since I had no initial responses to the requests sent.
I consult them for the 2 that are missing and they answer me:
Please understand that we only accept the extension request which requested before August 1.
Unfortunately, from August 1, 2021 apps that do not have a 64-bit version available will no longer be served to users with 64-bit compatible devices. Please note, 32-bit devices will still be served 32-bit compatible versions. We are not changing our policies on serving 32-bit releases.
As much as I'd like to help, there are currently no plans to allow extensions to this outside of the exceptions already stated. I hope you understand.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. I'll be happy to help.
Google Play Developer Support)
Can you help me with the 2 missing? or how should I proceed?
If developed C++ Builder, then surely you will need to add years to the list of extension time-frame, given that is when 64-bit target *might* be available.? Would they really accept that?
Have you considered offing Delphi at a significant reduction to C++ Builder users? Not 38% for current offers or the frankly shameful 10% offered to Pro versions), but say 50% off ALL versions?
If I could get Delphi Pro for under £600 (UK Sterling) then I would do it for MacOS and Android alone, even if it means re-learning Delphi it would be quicker than waiting for C++ Builder to go 64-bit
Hi damiang, you should provide a timeframe (i.e. days, weeks, 1 month) of how soon after there's support in the product you plan to offer a 64-bit version of your Android application in the Google Play Store.
Would it be okay to answer 2 or 3 days? After having the new release,
I imagine it is recompile and upload the new updates.
You should indicate how soon after there's support in the product you plan to offer a 64-bit version of your Android application in the Google Play Store.
Good morning, what should I answer the next question?:
For new apps only 64 bits.
Well, what about new apps?