Google Discontinuing Device Admin API Support In Android Q

Google reiterated its call for businesses to adopt Android's device management application programming interfaces (APIs) earlier this week, having made an exhaustive list of reasons for doing so, including the fact that support for the legacy alternative to its new system will be fully discontinued in Android Q whose release is expected in 2019. Android 8.0 Oreo still supports the Device Administration API, whereas Android P expected to launch in 2018 will do the same, save for the password enforcement component of the old framework, Google revealed, urging businesses to make the switch as soon as possible but stating that it still opted to discontinue support for the previous service over the course of two years in order to provide its enterprise users with enough time to accommodate the changes.

The Mountain View, California-based tech giant is advertising its new solution as being extremely comprehensive in nature, in addition to providing business customers with flexibility and scalability suitable for all kinds of industries and environments, with the common denominators of all of its aspects being security and efficiency. The old Device Administration API originally accompanied Android 2.2 Froyo in mid-2010 and Google started encouraging users to make the switch following the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop in late 2014. The Alphabet-owned Internet firm suggested that while the old API served its purpose and was suitably designed for its time, the circumstances surrounding enterprise environments have changed and now warrant a more versatile and secure solution made for a significantly wider number of use cases.

No specific availability windows have yet been attached to Android Q but if Google sticks with its existing mobile software roadmap, Android 10.0 or however the 2019 iteration of its operating system ends up being labeled should hit the stable channel approximately two years from now. Moving to work profiles and managed device APIs should facilitate the process of managing enterprise device fleets and deploying new company-owned offerings to employees. Non-enterprise uses of the Device Admin API like the Find My Device service will not be affected by the discontinuation of enterprise support, Google said, confirming that such solutions will continue working beyond 2019. Developers are advised to refer to the source link below for detailed guidelines on how to go about transitioning their systems to the new APIs.

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