Google will cease support of two early versions of the Android OS
text: George Orlov /Infox.ru
published 22 Nov '16 18:33
Google informed the world of the imminent cessation of support for the operating systems Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. In the near future, devices based on them will be denied access to the Google Play store and all Google services.
the Reason for the refusal of support, the portal writes Slash Gear, is in the age operating systems: currently, since the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb has been more than 5 and 4 years respectively. This means that the vast majority of users have already moved on to devices with more modern IOS, as evidenced by the statistics of Google Play — from all connections to him the share of Android 2.3 Gingerbread have not more than 1.3%.
Operating system Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb already have not get security updates, and smartphones based on them are outdated four years ago. In fact, the closure of access to Google Play is a the last frontier separating them from the General oblivion. On the one hand, it unfair to the owners of smartphones, for various reasons, not replaced old means of communication in the modern, but, as mentioned above, their 1,3%, moreover, the vast majority of most popular apps has long been Android doesn’t run on firmware below 4.0.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be the minimal version supported by Google after the next update, expected in the the beginning of a new 2017. It should be noted that Android 3 was a real disaster in terms of the quality of execution — the system came out raw and incomplete, which caused a lot of negative feedback from users. having existed for very long, it was replaced by the much more successful Android 4.0, which later was upgraded to the 4.2 and 4.3 Jelly Bean and use popular all over the world. It is for the reason that devices based on Android 4.x many more, Google decided to include them in their list of supported services.