Readers that run Ice Cream Sandwich will lose access to Google Play
09 December, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Sammy Rose
Those older versions keep continuing to lose their place when it comes to the distribution chart, and it seems that Ice Cream Sandwich has found its turn.
It's worth mentioning that The Android Ice Cream Sandwich is now seven years old and the active devices have been below 1% for a while now. This is a worrisome revelation, as it suggests that even apps that are initially deemed safe could become malicious further down the line with a simple update.
With the release of the Android operating system, such as is present on the market here already more than 10 years, its center was the software store Google Play, which today is available for download millions of different applications and games, albeit really high quality among them, and will be typed only by several tens of thousands.
Google just announced that it's ending support for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich for future Play Service API releases. Henceforth, Google is withdrawing its support to these devices. The developers are receommended to increase the minSdkVersion value in their app's build.gradle to at least 16.
Out of all the monthly active Android users, about 2 billion+, a lot of them presently run on Android 7.0 Nougat, with many others also using Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 8.0 Oreo.
"If you update your app in this way and publish it to the Play Store, users of devices with less than that level of support will not be able to see or download the update".
The decision to close down API Levels 14 and 15 to Google Play has other consequences too - it means that Google Play Services will remain forever encased in amber at version 14.7.99, meaning that any new functionality that depends on it will not work. It's unclear how many developers will take the company up on that idea due to the relatively small market share for Android 4.0 devices.
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