Final Reminder: HP Workpath to End VAV Support for Apps Targeting Oreo on December 1, 2022

Final Reminder: HP Workpath to End VAV Support for Apps Targeting Oreo on December 1, 2022

As previously communicated, HP Workpath will end VAV support for apps targeting Oreo firmware (Platform version 26.x) on December 1, 2022.

In addition to ending VAV support, we will explicitly prohibit the upload of apps targeting Oreo firmware to App Center (starting on December 1, 2022). This way, you won’t have to wait for VAV results in case you have unintentionally targeted Oreo firmware in your app.

Why end support for apps targeting Oreo firmware?
HP regularly introduces device firmware updates to improve functionality, reliability, and security. This includes major Android upgrades and patches. Oreo is much older and therefore less secure than Android 10 (Platform 29.x) which is now available in firmware upgrades for all devices in the Workpath fleet. By removing VAV support for Oreo firmware, we are able to maintain confidence in the security of the Workpath Platform.

How do I know if my app is affected?
Your app is affected if any of the following conditions are true:
* The Workpath Platform Version in the HPK manifest file is less than 29.4
* The Android minSdkVersion in the apk manifest is less than 29
* The Android targetSdkVersion in the apk manifest is less than 29

What do I need to do?
* Target Android 10 (Platform version 29.4, Android SDK Version 29) or later as the minimum version supported for any new app uploads.
* Communicate the need to upgrade device firmware to your app’s user community as soon as possible. A table of firmware versions and their corresponding platform versions can be found here.
* Remove older versions of your app with Oreo firmware support from App Center as soon as feasible.