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With a host of new updates and platforms entering the market in summer and fall of 2022, developers and testers will encounter new protocols and requirements when it comes to creating and maintaining Android apps, from updated security and data collection procedures to enhanced storage and support capabilities.
Let us take a closer look at these upcoming Android trends affecting dev teams, testers, and Android users alike.
Many are abuzz about the latest and greatest in Android trends: the Android 13 update, scheduled to be released in August or early September 2022. Here is what to expect:
User privacy and security remain the most prominent of Android trends this year, and the Android 13 update is no exception. In addition to addressing privacy concerns, Android 13 offers several important accessibility updates, including:
Some key highlights of the updated policy include:
Developers and testers are no longer required to manage APKs across devices, and users can enjoy faster download times and enhanced privacy – one of the key Android trends of 2022. While Google is making significant advancements to the way dev teams release and test their apps, Android Application Bundles are also changing the landscape for Android app deployment and testing. Since August 2021, developers have been required to publish with the Android App Bundle on Google Play, which optimizes APKs across Android devices.
The result is that dev teams will only have access to code needed for a specific device to deploy and test an app, rather than having access to all user data at once.
Announced in May 2022, the Pixel 6A was officially released in July 2022 and will fully support the Android 13 update – in fact, Pixel 6A is among the first Android devices to receive this update. Coinciding with the latest in Android trends, the Pixel 6A features enhanced security and includes some of the best components of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at a lower price point. Additional features include:
Released in July 2022, Flutter 3.0 offers a host of enhanced features, including new support capabilities, greater control for dev teams over app initialization, optimized user experiences, and tooling updates, all of which align with the Android trends of summer and fall 2022. Flutter 3.0 will also offer foldable device capabilities with new features and widgets, international text input to support non-Latin languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and enhanced accessibility features across all desktop platforms with both mobile and web application support.
With the volume of updates entering the Android sphere this summer and fall, it is especially important for dev teams and testers to ensure they comply with the new policies. With Perfecto, dev teams and testers can release high-quality Android apps with ease while keeping up with the latest in Android trends. Learn more about our platform by signing up for a free trial today.