Does this impact us?
I got a long list of apps that are using it.
Hello G Suite Developer,
We found that one or more of your apps is using the Google Drive Android API, which will be shut down on December 6, 2019. Affected apps are listed at the end of this email.
On December 6, 2018, we announced that we're simplifying options for developers by retiring the Google Drive Android API. We will focus solely on expanding functionality for the Google Drive REST API.
If you're new to the Google Drive REST API, it offers all of the same functionality as the Google Drive Android API, including ways to:
• Share and collaborate as you expect from Drive. You can manage permissions or prompt the Share dialog to users as needed. The REST API additionally allows for commenting on files, allowing your app to interact with the conversation around a file.
• Search for files using files.list, based on traditional indexing or your own customized, indexable text.
• Also detect changes to files through the Changes collection, and keep track of file changes, including files from Team Drives that have been shared with the user.
• Export and convert Google Docs so that your app can open a user's document easily.
What does this shutdown mean for your app between now and December 6, 2019?
You will need to migrate your existing applications to other services prior to December 6, 2019. This is when all calls to the Drive Android API and any features in your applications that depend on it will shut down. Note: if you've been using the Drive Android API for its offline sync capability, you can continue to provide an offline-first model by using a SyncAdapter with the Drive REST API.
We're here to help
We want to make it easy for you to migrate your applications to use the Drive REST API. To get started, reference this migration guide which details replacements for each of the major services fulfilled by the Drive Android API. Additionally, check out this sample app, which demonstrates each of these proposed replacements. If you have any issues, check out the google-drive-sdk tag on StackOverflow.