Sunset schedule for deprecated SDK versions: Support ends March 1, 2020

At a glance: A deprecation notice provide a heads up that an SDK version will be replaced. This is a good time for developers to upgrade their code.

sunset schedule indicates the 'going out of service' status of an SDK version—when it will stop working or that it will continue working with limited capabilities.  

SDK sunset schedule 

The sunset schedule for deprecated SDK and plugin versions is found below. This schedule aligns with the upcoming deprecation of Google install_referrer  intent broadcast.

Support ends

  • Ends on March 1, 2020.
  • Support will not address or fix any issues with the deprecated versions.

Sunset date

  • On September 1, 2020, deprecated SDK versions will not function.
  • For new installs, attributed or organic, no data will be collected or provided for attribution, sessions, and in-app events.
  • Sessions and in-app events will still be collected for prior installs. 

What to do?

You must update to the latest SDK or plugin version.

Supported SDK versions

Support is provided for the listed versions and onward. 

Platform

From these SDK versions

Android

4.8.5

iOS

4.8.3

Unity

4.16.4 

Windows

2.3.0

React Native plugin

1.2.3 

Cordova plugin

4.3.3 

Xamarin plugin

Android: 1.3.0
iOS: 1.3.4
Platforms and supported SDK versions

Why sunset older versions?

There are a number of answers to this question.

Google will deprecate InstallBroadcast on March 1, 2020 

  • AppsFlyer Android SDK use InstallBroadcast.
  • When Google InstallBroadcast is deprecated, AppsFlyer won't be able to measure installs using InstallBroadcast.
  • For SDKs prior to V4.8.5, AppsFlyer continues to measure the following:
    • Installs using ID matching and fingerprinting.
    • Sessions and in-app events of existing installs.
  • Older Android SDK versions:
    • Continue to measure sessions and events for previous installs.
    • However, the deprecation of Google InstallBroadcast could cause attribution data loss for new installs in apps with Android SDKs prior to V4.8.5.

New features, better fraud protection, and security 

  • Newer SDK versions contain additional features.
  • These can include: industry-leading fraud protection, faster attribution, improved deferred deep-linking, user referral, and resolving deep link URLs.

How this affects attribution data?

Android

  • Affects Android apps with an SDK prior to V4.8.5
  • From March 1, 2020 attribution rate and accuracy will be severely impacted.
  • On September 1, 2020 deprecated SDK versions will stop working.

iOS

  • InstallBroadcast deprecation doesn't affect iOS. AppsFlyer continues measuring installs and events.
  • On September 1, 2020 older SDK versions will stop working. 

Windows

  • InstallBroadcast deprecation doesn't affect Windows. AppsFlyer continues measuring installs and events.
  • On September 1, 2020 older SDK versions will stop working.

Updating to that latest version

 Important!

Recommended to periodically update the SDK to get the newest security features and functionalities.

  • Update to the newest SDK version, then publish your app to the app store.
  • Have questions? Contact support, your CSM, or send an email to hello@appsflyer.com.
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