When you upload an APK, it needs to meet Google Play’s target API level requirements. Starting August 1, 2019, Google Play requires that new apps target at least Android 9.0 (API level 28), and that app updates target Android 9.0 from November 1, 2019. Until these dates, new apps and app updates must target at least Android 8.0 (API level 26).
Every new Android version introduces changes that bring significant security and performance improvements – and enhance the user experience of Android overall. Some of these changes only apply to apps that explicitly declare support through their
targetSdkVersion manifest attribute (also known as the target API level).
Configuring your app to target a recent API level ensures that users can benefit from these improvements, while still allowing it to run on older Android versions. Targeting a recent API level also allows your app to take advantage of the platform’s latest features to delight your users.
This document highlights important points you should know in updating your target API level to meet the Google Play requirement. To proceed, click on on your app’s current API level: