Google cuts off Play Store support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google cuts off Play Store support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Google announced today that it will no longer provide handsets running Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich with support and updates for the Google Play Store. That's because less than 1% of active Android devices are being driven by this version of the Android OS. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is already seven years old. The bottom line is that phones and tablets with Android 4.x installed will not receive the Google Play Services APK after version 14.7.99.

This means that users of Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich will not be able to update apps they've installed from the Play Store. Essentially, this officially ends Google's support for the build of Android that was launched on October 19th, 2011. As an interesting bit of trivia, the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Google is telling developers that they should target API level 16 and higher. The company says that only a small number of Android devices are using API levels under 16, so developers targeting this level should be able to have their apps updated by most Android users.

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10 Comments

1. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Oh no! 1% is still many in android devices. Gonna start filing a suit now. Oh wait, it has no fruit logo at the back, nevermind.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ironic. You call yourself 'The Peaceboy' and yet you're practically asking for a war. As it stands, 'TrollBoy' would be more appropriate.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

PA, why is this trouble making troll still here.

2. kennybenny

Posts: 204; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

About a month ago, i received a cheap generic tablet from wish that was running Ice Cream Sandwich with a single core Allwinner A10, even though on the ad it said it was supposed to come with kitkat and a Allwinner A33, the tablet barely made it through 5 hours before it crapped out...... (bootlooped) at least i got a refund!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Try a refurbished or used iPad, you won't regret it.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not really sure iPad is a cure for lowest end tablet. He surely was aware he is getting garbage with no support or SOC power, to begin with. That Allwinner tablet was like ... what ... 20$? Even the cheapest iPad is more likely 5-10times more expensive (and 20-100x times better :-D ).

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm sure people who are using ICS were looking for an excuse to dump their phones, so Google liberated them from their misery, in a manner of speaking. I mean, ICS in 2018? I once used my phone for 5 years straight (Nokia 3120c) and it became an agony to look at it after 4 years, despite the fact that I used it as a secondary private phone, alongside my office Blackberry Bold 9790. So feel their pain... G'Day!

7. Rager722

Posts: 621; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Glad I'm not the only one who used the 9790

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6491; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Some people don't feel the need to be updated to the latest version. It is what it is.

6. NoDialtone212

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Kindles are unsupported what a blow to amazon

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