Google Issues Privacy Sandbox Preview for Developers on Android

Posted on April 28, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Dev with 2 Comments

Google announced today that developers can preview the SDK Runtime and Topics API for its upcoming Privacy Sandbox for Android.

“The first developer preview for the Privacy Sandbox on Android provides an early look at the SDK [Software Development Kit] Runtime and Topics API,” Google’s Fred Chung writes in the announcement post. “You’ll be able to do preliminary testing of these new technologies and evaluate how you might adopt them for your solutions. This is a preview, so some features may not be implemented just yet, and functionality is subject to change.”

Google announced its Privacy Sandbox in March 2021 as a way to replace third-party cookies while providing users with privacy protections and advertisers with a way to provide customers with relevant ads. It announced that it would bring this technology to Android this past February.

Based on the release notes, it appears that Privacy Sandbox will ship with Android 13 or perhaps will require Android 13. The developer preview adds additional platform APIs and services on top of the Android 13 Developer Beta release, like the SDK, system images, emulator, and developer documentation. Google says it will release updates to the Developer Preview soon that will include early looks at the Attribution Reporting and FLEDGE APIs.

You can learn more on the Privacy Sandbox developer site.

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2 responses to “Google Issues Privacy Sandbox Preview for Developers on Android”

  1. dftf

    Anyone-else constantly seeing Cloudflare error-pages for this site at the moment? I'm either getting Error 524 - a timeout occurred at host or Error 521 - Web server is down. What's going on?

    • simont

      I was getting earlier but seems to have cleared up. I assume it was caused by Paul banging his head against the desk/wall after watching the Microsoft Video about the Windows 11 Start menu.

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