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:
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.
This is related to the Android 64-bit requirement and something we plan to address when we add Android 64-bit support to the product.
If I send an APK, Google Play warns me with a triangle that keeps me going:APK not optimized ... Resolution:Use the Android App Bundle format to automatically optimize device configurations or manage them independently with multiple APKs.
How do I generate an app with Android App Bundle with Delphi or C ++ Builder?
Hi Sarina,today I got approval for my app.
Question is now with new apps. We have few apps in our pipeline - how should we handle it?Is it possible to create an app in 64-bit (done with another technology) and ask for extension to deliver 32-but updates? Sounds strange, but I don't have right now a good solution. Waiting for end of the year is not an option for us. Any ideas?
Sarina, I have received the extension approval this morning and as mentioned by Google Play developer support:"...this extension will be removed on August 1st 2020 without notice and that no further extensions will be granted."Starting 1st August 2019, estimated I have 8 months to finish the game app and 3-4 months reserved to port over to 64bit C++Builder for Android by 1st August 2020.With understanding the current roadmap, as per dateline mentioned above, would it be ok for Embarcadero to assure by 1st May 2020, at least 64bit C++Builder for Android is ready so my work is secured ?I am going to renew the subscription license with some unwillingness at the moment but I will be really happy if Embarcadero can assure the release at least 64bit C++Builder for Android by mid year 2020 though :o)Lastly, in case Embarcadero cannot make it on time, and my extension is removed, is there any backup plan ?Please advise.
We received similar questions. Our answer to question 3 was "2-3 months after Embarcadero releases a 64-bit capable C++ compiler for Android".
However, we received a followup email from Google Play Developer Support stating "For me to be able to escalate your request to the appropriate team, I would need an estimated date of compliance."
Please advise how to answer this question in order to secure an extension to the 64-bit deadline.
If it assists, our issue number is 5-2607000027027.
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Sarina, I have chatted with Google via the link provided in the feedback email. The operator told me there is an agent handling my case and will follow up me later.Meanwhile Sarina, in case the agent asked "where is the release date of 64 bit C++Builder for Android", may I know how should I answer ?
Hi Sarina, I received similar feedback from Google this morning. However, for question 2 and 3, can you advise how to reply ? Obviously, I don't know the answer. Please help. TQ.
You can install 10.3.2 using the ISO installer. Please see community.idera.com/.../10-3-2-installation-workarounds
What are our options then?
Good to know, but unfortunately we are still not having a working C++ Builder Install due to the GetIt Server issues. So we will not be able to meet the deadline...
When submitting an apk there are two warnings : one for Android 64 and the other for AndroidAppBundle ... Even if Google accepts the code RAD 32 for Android what will happen for AndroidAppBundle ?
I received an automatic reply when I submitted my request today, which contained the following "Please note, we do our best to reply within 2 business days. However, some issues can take longer to respond. Please expect additional delays during holidays."
I submitted 4 extension requests following the above instructions (3 for published and 1 for an unpublished that is in beta) on 7/26/2019 and heard nothing back. I just got off of a chat with Google Support and they had no record of my requests. The Google support guy isn't sure that an unpublished (beta) app can even request an extension. Anyway, good news is that he can initiate the requests for me. I'd recommend you go to the Google Play Console for developers and start a chat and make sure.