Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Google Play Services no longer supports Android 4.0

Ice Cream Sandwich melts: Is no longer flavour of the month for Google Android Google Discontinues Support to Android Ice Cream Sandwich Devices
Cecil Davis | 09 December, 2018, 04:01

According to official figures from Google, now only less than 1% of the total number of Android devices run on the operating system Ice Cream Sandwich, while all the others use the newer software, which will be carried out at least during one year.

The functionality required by the current released Google Play services SDK versions is already available on ICS devices, and will continue to work.

Tech giant Google has announced it will no longer offer support and update for Google Play Store for devices running Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services.

These monthly updates normally fix potential vulnerabilities for devices running Android 9, but this month's update has specific patches for Pixel phones in addition to the normal security updates.

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"If you update your app in this way and publish it to the Play Store, users of devices with less than that level of support will not be able to see or download the update".

Older versions of Android are slowly dying out.

In theory, developers can maintain and roll out updates for a version of their apps specifically for Ice Cream Sandwich users, but it's highly unlikely that a lot of them would do it. It was launched alongside the Galaxy Nexus and marked a significant overhaul in Google's design language as well.

Developers who used the ad defrauding SDKs have been asked to remove them from their apps and, given that Google believes they were not aware of their malicious behavior, also received a grace period to take action and sanitize their products. This allows developers to move the minimum API level for their apps to Jelly Bean - 16. It's unclear how many developers will take the company up on that idea due to the relatively small market share for Android 4.0 devices. The apps were used to request for ads via command and control server. Andrea has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post.