OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi App Stores to Gradually Clean Up 32-bit-only Apps Starting in July

April 27, 2023

On April 27th, Gizcoupon reported that Xiaomi had released an important notice regarding the 64-bit adaptation timeline for Gold Medal Alliance (GMA) (Part III). Starting from July 1st, 2023(Beijing Time), mainstream app stores such as OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi will gradually eliminate apps that only support 32-bit.

Xiaomi has announced that starting from 2023, they will only support 64-bit installation and usage on Arm-based Android devices and will no longer support 32-bit. The majority of apps have already completed their 64-bit adaptation. As of March 30th, 2023, the adaptation rate for the top 10,000 apps in mainstream app stores, including OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi, reached 93%, and the overall adaptation rate was 90%.

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To enhance the compatibility experience of Android apps and prevent apps from being unable to install and run on 64-bit devices in the second half of 2023, GMA members, including OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi (in alphabetical order, without ranking), will further restrict 32-bit apps (including various financial, office, and gaming apps). The specific details are as follows:

Starting from September 14th, 2022(Beijing Time), GMA members will continue to implement the important notice regarding the 64-bit adaptation timeline (Part II) released on the same day and restrict the listing of new apps that only support 32-bit.

Starting from October 1st, 2022(Beijing Time), except for gaming apps, individual updates of 32-bit app packages will no longer be allowed, and compatibility packages or dual packages will be supported instead.

Starting from December 1st, 2022(Beijing Time), gaming apps will no longer be allowed to update individual 32-bit packages and must support compatibility packages or dual packages instead.

For apps that are still not adapted by then, in addition to being unable to list or update individually, mobile chip platforms will weaken and stop supporting 32-bit apps, and the consequences are unpredictable.

Xiaomi and other GMA members aim to improve the user experience and enhance app compatibility for users of 64-bit devices through this move. With the majority of apps already adapted, this timeline will provide developers with ample time to make the necessary changes and ensure that their apps can continue to be used by their customers.

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