Recommended cordova android versions?

Could we please have an updated list of recommended android versions based on the ionic release?

angular-ionic 3.9.2 --> cordova-android 6.4.0 or 7.1.1
angular-ionic 4.0.0 --> cordova-android ?

Current demo project (‘tutorial’) seems to install android 6.2.3 by default, but a plugin requires 6.4.0. The latest is 7.1.1. What does the ionic team recommend/support?

Thank you!

Thanks to Sujan12 and others, confirmed some discoveries and will continue to make notes.

Checked and indeed Cordova CLI 7 will install cordova-android 6.2.3 by default, which is not great, use at least 6.4.0 instead.

Updated to Cordova CLI 8 and it did install cordova-android 7.0.0 (Feb 2018). The latest 7.1.1 is Jul 2018 and since it’s been a month and no major issues I suppose it’s safe.

So instead of what is in the docs, the command should instead be

ionic cordova platform add android@7.1.1

I don’t think there is a general answer to this, and it’s far less an Ionic thing than it is a plugin thing. Various versions of various plugins work with certain cordova-android versions, and simply won’t with others. This is especially true of the difference between 6.x and 7.x, because they moved a bunch of stuff around internally.

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What cordova platform is installed is not defined by Ionic Framework (ionic-angular) or Ionic CLI (ionic) but purely by Cordova CLI (cordova). The newest Cordova CLI 8.0.0 will install cordova-android 7.0.0 by default right now, but you should definitely use 7.1.0. If you are getting 6.2.3, you are probably using an outdated Cordova CLI and should upgrade.

And to answer your question: If you don’t have a good reason not to, always use the latest.

If you update from cordova 6 to 7.1.1, you will have to change android-minSdkVersion to 19 in config.xml or the build will not work.