Embarcadero have updated their road map to include Android 64 bit support for their C++ users. It is listed under “version 10.4.x – mid 2020”.
My last posting (22nd July 2019) suggested a short term work around for current C++ Android developers.
There has also been a 12 month extension granted by Android for Embarcadero C++ developers who have already got applications on the Google play store (this does not apply to new applications). Details are given here
Additional information is available here
This is good news for existing developers.
But the really good news is the appearance of the C++ for Android 64 bit in the road map. Embarcadero always restate that the road map is not binding but the reappearance of this product goal is an indication that they have realised this is an essential part of the C++ tool chain and it’s availability is vital to the survival of Embarcadero C++.
Go to the roadmap (as updated August 2019) by clicking here
Jim McKeith has recently posted a webinar replay called “Get the most out of Android with 10.3 Rio”. It’s worth watching and it’s at.
Get the most out of Android with 10.3 Rio
In the webinar Jim points out that Android is now the most used operating system in the world (in terms of numbers of devices it is installed on). He also points out that Samsung are much more involved in the control and steering of Android then many people realise (most folk just assume Android = Google).
Samsung have the “Dex” scheme (short for “Desktop Experience”) which allows users to quickly and effectively turn their smart phone into a desktop PC. Clearly another attempt at encouraging the world to drop Windows.
What does all this mean to software developers?
The short answer is that any new projects that are likely to be “on going” (and professionally developed software that isn’t aiming to be “on going” is a contradiction in terms) should be designed with a view to migration from one platform to another being a genuine consideration.