Google Play service to drop support for Android Gingerbread, Honeycomb in early 2017

Google has reported that the Play administrations 10.0.0 and Firebase 10.0.0 customer libraries for Android will be the last forms to bolster Android API level 9 through API level 13. The following variant of these libraries, that is the adaptation 10.2.0, will expand the base bolstered API level from 9 to 14 (Android 4.0.1, Ice Cream Sandwich) and will be discharged by mid 2017. At the end of the day, for the new form of Play Services to work, cell phones will require at least Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or more. Subsequently, the lower adaptation Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0/3.1/3.2 Honeycomb will be dropped by one year from now.

Presented first in 2012, Google Play administrations is Google’s experience administration and API bundle for Android. It’s the organization’s method for conveying overhauls and changes for its administrations and applications to Android clients without really redesigning the entire working framework. Google clarifies that one reason for stopping support for Gingerbread, is that numerous Android engineers have effectively ended support for Gingerbread in their applications. This helps designers manufacture better applications by making utilization of more up to date abilities of the Android stage. What’s more, it works also for Google too. By rolling out this improvement, Google will have the capacity to give a more hearty gathering of instruments for Android designers with more prominent speed.

With respect to the clients who are still on the more established variant, you may utilize adaptation 10.0.0 of Google Play administrations and Firebase as you are right now. Engineers are being solicited to utilize a base from API level 14, and those picking to take after these rules will never again have the capacity to convey upgrades to more seasoned gadgets. In any case, clients will at present have the capacity to download the most as of late distributed adaptation of the application that targets their gadget.

Looking how the Android circulation stands at this moment, an almost no rate of clients are as yet working with these renditions of Android OS. As per the Android dissemination numbers for the main week of November, Gingerbread (2.3.3 and 2.3.7 consolidated) has diminished its nearness from 1.5 percent to 1.3 percent. Frozen yogurt Sandwich (4.0.3 and 4.0.4 consolidated) joins Gingerbread with 1.3 percent, a lessening from the past 1.4 percent. This is in contrast with the new form, where Marshmallow keeps running on 24 percent gadgets, while Lollipop (5.0 and 5.1 joined) drives the outlines with 34.1 percent piece of the overall industry, trailed by KitKat with 25.2 percent. Jam Bean (4.1.x and 4.2.x consolidated) comes third with 13.7 percent.


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