AppChecker Tells You Which Version Of Android Your Apps Are Designed For

AppChecker Tells You Which Version Of Android Your Apps Are Designed For

Android: When you get an Android update on your phone, your apps may not already be ready for the new version. AppChecker helps you find out which version of Android your apps are targeting.

When making apps, Android developers can choose a “target” version of Android that they’re aiming for. This usually means that it’s compatible with that version, and backwards compatible with anything below it. However, if any new features come out, targeting a lower version says that the app isn’t ready to support those features (at least in the way Google wants). So, for example, an app that targets Android Marshmallow may not be able to use the system-wide blocked numbers list introduced in Android Nougat.

If you’re not sure which version of Android your apps are targeting, AppChecker can show you. It reveals which version of Android’s TargetAPI (the technical name for Android’s version targeting) that your apps are shooting for. If you’re trying to figure out why a particular feature isn’t supported, or just wondering if you’re ready for a new Android update, this can help.

AppChecker [Google Play Store via Ghacks]


    • You don’t need it. It’s more of a curiosity thing. Apps targeting older versions should work fine. Just like apps targeting iOS 7 will still work fine (for the most part) on iOS 10

    • I’m kind of confused as to why this even exists. Never had an app that didn’t work on my device. Exceptions for one that was made to run on the specific chipset in one single device as a showcase but that was intended.

  • Perhaps it’s used to check how crap an app is before you bother downloading it.

    i.e. most banking and government apps will show that they’re built for Jellybean (or Fro Yo if you’re lucky!)

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