Compatibility with previous versions of the SDK
BlackBerry Dynamics SDK for Androidis compatible with these previous releases of the SDK:
Android8.0 or later
BlackBerry DynamicsHandheld Library
Minimum API level: 24
Your apps must use the AndroidX support libraries to compile successfully. The SDK supports the following minimum versions. It is recommended to use the latest stable version of each library.
The SDK uses
Google PlayServices version 17.0.0 to support some of its functionality.
If your app uses the following
Google PlayServices libraries, verify that you are using the following minimum version or later:
Supported CPU architectures
Suggested versions of platform and tools
Package visibility restrictions
Package visibility updates were made in SDK version 8.1 to address changes in
Android11 to how apps query and interact with other apps that are installed on the same device. These changes impact apps with the target SDK level set to
Android11 or later only (targetSDKLevel=Android 11). If a
BlackBerry Dynamicsapp is not upgraded to SDK version 8.1 and you change the target SDK level to
Android11, the app cannot communicate with other
BlackBerry Dynamicsapps on the same device, breaking interoperability features (Easy Activation, authentication delegation, and so on).
To support the new package visibility queries element, you must either upgrade the
AndroidGradle plugin to version 3.6.3 or later or follow the instructions from the Android Developers Blog: Preparing your Grade build for package visibility in Android 11 to use a major Gradle version with the latest dot release.
Apps that target
Android11 are able to perform interoperability operations with the apps that don't target
Android11. Apps that are not targeted to
Android11 can run on
Android11 and are not affected by the package visibility restrictions.
Character encoding for build files
Build files (for example, settings.json) must use UTF-8 character encoding. Verify that the editor that you plan to use does not add non-UTF-8 characters or headers. In general,
Javadoes not work with UTF-8-BOM (byte order mark).
Supported launch modes
Apps built with the
BlackBerry Dynamics SDK for Androidsupport the following launch modes in AndroidManifest.xml:
BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher Library
BlackBerry Dynamics Launcheris a user-friendly interface that allows users to easily access and switch between
BlackBerry Dynamicsapps, configure app settings, and take advantage of other useful features. For more information, see the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher Framework documentation.
BlackBerry Dynamics SDKand the
BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher Libraryare mutually dependent. See the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK for Android Release Notes for the required version of the
BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher Library.
Restricted key prefix
The key prefix "blackberry" is reserved by
BlackBerryand should not be used for key values, key attributes, or key elements. For more information and examples, see the Application Policies Definition in the appendix of the API Reference.