Future Play Store apps will no longer run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Future Play Store apps will no longer run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread
At its developers blog, Google officially announced that Version 10.0.0 of the Google Play Services framework will be the last version that supports Android Gingerbread. The next scheduled release of GPS, version 10.2.0, will support devices running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich at minimum. This will happen in early 2017.

Google explains that the Gingerbread platform is almost six years old and many developers have already stopped supporting it in their apps. By making this change, Google be able to provide a more robust collection of tools for Android developers with greater speed.

Android Gingerbread was released in December 2010. It still runs on around 1.3% of Android devices in the world. After this change, apps developed using future SDK releases after Google Play Services version 10.0.x will not be able to connect to Google Play services on Gingerbread devices. This effectively renders the platform obsolete.

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11 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

While it make sense for a techie and nerd and the advancement of Android platform. I still think Google should not block access to the whole Play store. There plenty of old apps that the Gingerbread phone can benefit from.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They're not blocking access to it, simply no longer supporting it with software updates. It's like a 6 year old Ocampa! Practically ancient.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's nice to know.

2. Rocket

Posts: 636; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

dam whasts going to happen with my two galaxy s2?

4. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Root, put custom ROM on it.

6. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

The GS2 has updates to ICS or JB. Can't remember which. I'm leaning towards 4.1 JB being the final supported version on the international GT-I9100.

8. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

The Galaxy S2 has 4.1.2 Ice Cream Sandwich officially, and all the way up to 7.1 Nougat if you count the latest, unstable ROM by community developers. I'm using Marshmallow on my S2 myself.

9. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

I mean 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (oops

10. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

I mean 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (oops)

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

APK4FUN is there

7. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Gingerbread? I'd go up to kitkat or even lollipop. Even entry level phones come with 6.0 nowadays.

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