Google Drive update ends support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces a cool new feature

Google Drive update ends support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, introduces a cool new feature
A new Google Drive update has ended support for Android devices running version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Drive comes pre-loaded on all non-forked Android devices and is one of Google's core products. According to the latest official Google Play numbers, 1.6% of all Android devices run some version of Ice Cream Sandwich.

The changelog for a recent Google Drive update on Google Play reads that this will be the last version to support devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Here's an excerpt from the changelog:


Aside from the usual range of performance improvements and bug fixes, the same update introduces a few noteworthy features, the most important of which being the newfound ability to create home screen shortcuts for files. Furthermore, users now receive comment notifications and more easily upgrade their storage plans from inside the app. 

What do you guys think, is anyone excited about the ability to create home screen shortcuts for their favorite files? Will Google's decision to drop support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich affect you?

source: Google Play

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7 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering the Galaxy Nexus was the first device to have Android 4.0 out of the box, and that came out in 2011. Then I would definitely say that it's safe to move on.

2. Fona13A unregistered

It's pretty shocking that FroYo even has 0.1% still...

6. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

0.1% of 2 billion = 2 million device. Perhaps the user were not power user, just someone that use it for media consumption (i.e. youtube, hearing music), or perhaps just doing email and web and messaging (i.e. whatsapp).

7. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I can agree I have an old Jelly Bean phone that I use for YouTube and music at home.

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

ICS can still use Google Drive with no app update vs a complete service withdrawal for Skype WP 8.1 Still the lesser evil. I wonder why they even bother to announce it. Like those with ICS device would be threaten to update to some newer device.

5. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Nadela just clean up Balmer mess, and shut down all WP mistake.

4. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

I still have my Galaxy Nexus. But it runs CM13-Android 6.0 now.

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