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16 October 2023

AndroidX moving to minSdkVersion 19

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Posted by Aurimas Liutikas, Software Engineer on AndroidX

AndroidX libraries are moving to a default minimum supported Android API level 19 (previously 14) starting with releases in October, 2023. According to Play Store check-in data, nearly all Android users have devices on API 19 or newer, so it’s no longer necessary to support legacy versions. This change will help AndroidX libraries maximize the potential number of users for app developers and aligns with Google Play Services and Android NDK.

If you are currently supporting a lower minSdkVersion, we recommend increasing that value to 19 and cleaning up any code to support prior versions or if you are unable to do so for business reasons you should stay on the previous versions of AndroidX.