The company has removed support for API 14 and 15 in Google Play. Now users of old devices will not be able to download and update applications. Google has announced it will no longer support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in future versions of Google Play services. This means that owners of devices with this operating system will no longer be able to download and update applications from the Google store. The latest version of Google Play Services with support for Android 4.0 will be 14.7.99.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) was released in October 2011. Currently, the number of active devices from this OS is only 0.3% (according to statistics as of October 26). Considering that there are almost 2 billion smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 in the world, this is about 6 million gadgets, which is not so little. Although Google is sure that for the most part, it is inactive devices.
From now on, the minimum API level for Google Play Services is API 16 – this is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Theoretically, developers can continue to continue to support and update their applications specifically for users of Ice Cream Sandwich with APIs 14 and 15, but it is unlikely that they will do so.
Considering how different Android devices get software updates, it’s safe to say that if you are still using an Android 4.0 smartphone, you are unlikely to get an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Perhaps you should consider buying a more modern device?
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