Google Chrome will soon stop working on 32 million Android devices

Google Chrome will soon stop working on 32 million Android devices
An estimated 32 million Android devices could very soon no longer work with the Google Chrome mobile browser. According to XDA, a recent commit revealed that the minimum API level for the Chrome mobile browser app will be raised from 4.1 to 4.4. That means that those still running an Android handset powered by Jelly Bean will no longer be able to use the most popular mobile browser on earth with over 1 billion installs on Android alone.

Based on the latest distribution figures, Jelly Bean (4.1 to 4.3) is still in use on 3.2% of Android devices. With roughly 1 billion phones and tablets running Google's open source mobile operating system, approximately 32 million devices are affected by this change. When this change will take place, we don't know. But we wouldn't be surprised to see a large number of these phones updated to a newer Android handset sporting a more recent build.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released to the public on July 10th 2012. The first stable version of the mobile Chrome browser for Android came on June 27th, 2012.

The Google Chrome mobile browser will soon see a hike in its minimum API from 4.1 to 4.4

The Google Chrome mobile browser will soon see a hike in its minimum API from 4.1 to 4.4


source: XDA

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32 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1519; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Moving forward.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5560; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Plus this article is very misleading Older versions of Chrome will still work fine Just phones with Android 4.3 and older won't be able to update to Chrome 7X (whichever versiom has this commit)

7. xfire99

Posts: 1202; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Its written by an iFan writer!

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

There are many more options....Andoid has freedom to chosse any browser.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5560; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Almost of them are based on Chromium or Webview Not sure if Webview is getting a similar commit But they can still use browsers based of older versions of Chromium without this commit

15. path45th

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Android doesn’t have the best browser on a smartphone. The safari browser. Safari is one of the reasons why I can’t like an Android as much as an iPhone.

23. baldilocks

Posts: 1414; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I use Chrome even on my iPhone.

16. path45th

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Android doesn’t have the best browser on a smartphone. The safari browser. Safari is one of the reasons why I can’t like an Android as much as an iPhone.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2669; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Funny thing is; I know a few people who are using smartphones running Jelly Bean and Kitkat! One has a Galaxy S4 while the other one has a Motorola Droid Maxx. In any case; it's not a big deal. One can always use the excellent Opera Browser, UC Browser, Microsoft Edge etc. Android is the poor man's OS for a reason! There's ALWAYS a way out with custom ROMs and rooting etc. G'Day!

8. perry1234

Posts: 613; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Rich use Android too, just not the ones who are tv/movie celebrities.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Considering the Galaxy S4 and Motorola Droid Maxx both came out in 2013 (with 4.2), and both received updates to KitKat (4.4) the next year. There was even updates to lollipop (5) as well the following year. So Green man definitely doesn't know what he is talking about. Because that means those pretend people Green man mentions, didn't receive even one update. Which is impossible, especially for those devices that he mentions.

27. perry1234

Posts: 613; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I verified, and you indeed speak the truth Sir/Mam... all the phones mentioned have been updated to 5.0.1.

14. cozze02

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Wow your a complete idiot, my note 9 was a $1000, I guess I used my food stamps or sold my kitchen appliances to buy it

25. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, that's why our lawyer drive $200,000 cars and live in a 2 or 3 million dollar home, but he is so poor he uses a new note 9. These dumb a$$ need to get off the kick that android is only for poor people. Hell the government free phone booths are handing out iPhones to.

6. tyger11

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm on a Nexus 5 running 6.0.1, and keep worrying when I'm going to be hit by things like this. Hopefully I'll have something new within the next 6 months (or sooner) but there's just no telling.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 504; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Marshmallow is far far away from being not supported by google and other companies. Even Kitkat 4.4 is still being supported.

29. tyger11

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I haven't gotten monthly security updates for quite some time. It is NOT fully supported.

28. perry1234

Posts: 613; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

In terms of support I think you are pretty safe. But I guess you should get a new phone, some excellent ones have come out since then with no compromises !

10. S4NDY

Posts: 193; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Latest version of Google Chrome will soon stop working on 32 million Android devices

17. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Author, ever heard of sideloading an older APK?

19. Nickfuryroad

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

The title of this article just scared the sh*t out of me!!! Thanks god I'm not concerned.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This has to be fake news. Android devices only last for 2 years... /s

21. Panzer

Posts: 269; Member since: May 13, 2016

32 million devices out of 2 billion active devices. The sky is falling.

22. alanrock

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

my Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) works fine with Chrome 69 so far.

24. baldilocks

Posts: 1414; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Very misleading title though. Chrome will NOT stop working. These “editors” should start writing retractions.

30. gamehead unregistered

Time to upgrade

31. Chris_ABN

Posts: 167; Member since: May 16, 2018

Ha ha!

32. tokuzumi

Posts: 1733; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

While the 32 million number initially seems high, this is basically a drop in the bucket of the overall Android user base. Besides, Jelly Bean was released around 6 years ago, so any device running that OS is at least 5 years old.

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