Audience: Android Developers using C++Builder and/or Delphi planning to release Android Apps 

As you’re probably aware, starting August 1st, 2019, applications in the Google Play Store must support 64-bit. We are working to provide 64-bit Android support in RAD Studio, but in the meantime, Google’s Play Store team is considering extensions to the 64-bit requirement for our Delphi and C++Builder customers on an app-by-app basis (see steps below).

To ensure your C++Builder or Delphi Android 32-bit application is accepted into the Play Store, you will need to submit a request for an extension after following the regular Google Play Store publishing steps in the Console.

Note: Starting August 1st, 2019, only app updates to existing Android 32-bit applications will be considered for an extension by the Google Play Store team, not new 32-bit Android applications. For new Android 32-bit applications, it’s recommended that you submit them as soon as possible and start asking for an extension now, so that you are not impacted by the deadline come August 1st. 

How to request an extension: 

  1. Visit https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/contact/publishing 
  2. Fill out the form and select ‘I submitted a new app or app update but it is not live’
  3. In the feedback field, indicate that your application was built with Embarcadero Delphi or C++Builder, and that you’d like to request an extension to the 64-bit requirement 

Note: 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.

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  • Hi Sarina,

    I have actually 57 Delphi Apps in the Google Play Store and I am in the middle of the development of 5 new apps, which were not ready for a beta version before the first of august.

    I have uploaded updates to all the 57 apps during the last weeks, but now there seems to be the necessarity to update them again, because of some problems.

    Do I really have to ask for 57 extensions at the google play team now? Or can I give you my Developer-ID, so that all my apps are getting an extension automatically via your contact from Embarcadero to the Google Play Store?

    And what can I do with the 5 new apps, which are shortly before the release. I can't wait for the release for several months now, so could you please help, that all apps for my Developer-ID - also the new ones - may be uploaded with 32bit? Or do I have a chance to take part in the beta program of Delphi 10.4?

    Thanks for your help from Germany
    Rolf Eschenbach

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