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Which is the best OS to choose in Android Studio?

Discussion in 'Android Development' started by Gleis, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. Gleis

    Gleis Lurker
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    Hey guys!
    I was just wondering, which is the best OS to choose when opening a new project in Android Studio?
    Is there any other difference, except for the numbers of users using that specific operating system?
    And which one you recommend me use?
    Editied : OS=Minimum API level

    Thanks :)
     


    #1 Gleis, Jun 15, 2020
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020
  2. wseng92

    wseng92 Android Enthusiast

    Can you define OP?
     
  3. Gleis

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    Sorry, I mean the Minimum API level
    But since it is an operating system version I didn't call it that way.
     
  4. codesplice

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    Older/lower API levels will allow more (older) devices to use your app. Newer/higher API levels will let your app use newer features.

    As of August, Google will only allow new apps in Google Play which target API level 29 - but there's no restriction on the minimum API level your app can support. But maintaining support for older API levels can get complicated.

    So you need to find a happy medium among supporting a wide variety of devices (older API level), enabling the newest platform features (higher API level), and simplifying maintenance of your code base (that is, supporting a limited number of older API levels).

    https://developer.android.com/distribute/best-practices/develop/target-sdk
     
  5. Gleis

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    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.
    How can I do that?
     
  6. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    You're going to need an actual developer to answer that question, I'm afraid. :oops:
     
  7. Gleis

    Gleis Lurker
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    Well, thanks a lot for your help!!
    I'm a newbie app dev , and when I finish all the tutorials that I have in plan to watch, I will start building my own app that in the time talking its almost done designing. Until that time comes I won't get deeper into this stuff .
    But if anyone wants to answer the question , please do it :)
     
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