Google finally ending support for Android Market on Eclair and older versions

Google finally ending support for Android Market on Eclair and older versions
There has been some backlash recently about the length of time that Google supports various devices and systems; but honestly, if you had asked us, we probably wouldn't have realized that Google had support going back as far as the Android Market. Do you all remember the Android Market? That was the store that existed before Google Play (and actually there was some backlash to the name Google Play at the time of the switch.)

The shocker may be that Google has been supporting the Android Market on older devices all this time, but that time has passed. Google has announced that because Android 2.1 Eclair has reached the threshold of being less than 0.1% of the Android ecosystem, Google will stop supporting the Android Market on those systems. Of course, because those systems make up such a small percentage of the Android whole, it shouldn't matter much. Google introduced the Play Store with Android 2.2, so any devices older than that should probably upgrade anyway (given that they're about seven years old at this point.) 

Surprisingly, there are versions of the Android Market for Android 2.2 devices still active in the world, so Google will continue to support those systems, but theoretically those days are numbered and users with devices that old will be forced to upgrade  to something that is newer than seven years old. That seems reasonable, doesn't it?

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5 Comments

1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

People are still using Eclair? What a dinosaur.

2. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Well I've seen people still using Symbian phones like 5800 ,E6 ,N8 etc They simply don't care to upgrade or don't have time to waste on social media.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

All these years later and Android fragmentation is still a thing. How long do we have to wait to get a data message service embedded in, a full cloud device backup and restore that works across all Android phones and actual software updates that appear on time. Not to mention an option to turn off skins. Hardly any of the people I know uses Hangouts, Allo, Dua or any of the plethora of Google chat apps, but everyone uses iMessage and FaceTime because of the way it's embedded into iOS. When you buy a new Android phone, it's anyone's guess as to how to transfer your data across. Yea I get it we are "tech" people here and it's not a problem for us, but one of iOS's major advantages is how you just sign in once, and every element of your phone returns to how it was. Android has shades of this which varry between Oems, however it shouldn't be a skin level feature, it should be happening at the Os level. We really need Google to set up and start competing with the iPhone in full Assult. The Pixel 1 was pure garbage, it had a ridiculous amount of hardware and software issues, but it's a start and they need to focus on improving the gaps in the software. Also it may be just a dream, but I wish Google would return to tablets, man I long for a Snapdragon 8xx 4GB Ram 8 inch stock Android beast of a tablet.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill. I have colleague that still use an iPhone 4 and are happy with it. Are you going to call that fragmentation too!?

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

That Android Market name was so much better than Google Play Store. And I don't think so Google introduced Play store with v2.2 because my Sony Xperia Tipo with v4.0 too had that Android Market.

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