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Ice Cream Sandwich devices cut off from Google Play Services updates

If you’re nonetheless the usage of an Android software operating Ice Cream Sandwich, it is going to in the end be time to improve to one thing more recent. Google has introduced that it is going to now not ship Google Play products and services updates for API ranges 14 and 15, reducing off Ice Cream Sandwich simply love it did to Gingerbread and Honeycomb in early 2017.

To put issues into context, Ice Cream Sandwich used to be launched seven years in the past and used to be first launched at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, however the majority of the devices operating Ice Cream Sandwich are most likely older than that in the event that they have been upgraded from Gingerbread and even Froyo.

Based on the most recent Android Distribution numbers from Google, Ice Cream Sandwich accounts for 0.3% of all energetic Android devices. That quantity might appear insignificant, however with greater than 2 billion energetic Android devices in use around the globe, 0.3% represents greater than 6 million devices. 

While devices operating Ice Cream Sandwich will now not be getting Google Play Services updates, they are going to nonetheless be capable of obtain apps thru Google Play. Over those older devices will start to enjoy new mistakes when updating the apps that they use and app builders come with upper ranges of the Play Services API. Google is encouraging builders to create separate apps in the event that they need to proceed supporting Ice Cream Sandwich, however we extremely doubt that can occur.

Source: Google