Google officially announced that with 2016 ending, their developer team will stop supporting the old Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The software support will be officially stopped when Google releases the 10.0.0 version of Google Play Service. This comes as no surprise since the 2.3 Gingerbread OS is six years old.
Worth mentioning is that coming 2017, Google will release the 10.2.0 version of Play Service meaning that the Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich OS will also stop receiving support.
The Google Play Service is quite an important feature since it allows the user access to a developer set off software libraries that are filled with Android apps. Worth mentioning is that with the removal of support for the Gingerbread operating system, Google’s Android Firebase client libraries will also end.
The news shouldn’t come as any surprise since the Gingerbread operating system has been released back in 2010 and also because Android distributions numbers showed that the operating system is not even used by many devices, just by only 1.3 percent of Android powered devices.
Another reason why Google stopped supporting Play Services for the Gingerbread OS is because major app developers already stopped including the older Gingerbread OS from their support. The involvement of the older OS also slowed down app developers and the removal of support for the OS was required so that better apps could be developed or as Google puts it: “to provide a more robust collection of tools for Android developers with greater speed”.
Android users have nothing to worry about, since this change mostly interferes with app developers.
What’s worth noting is that Google is trying their best to improve the quality Android operating systems can bring. Owners of older devices that still run on Gingerbread OS shouldn’t be upset because in the end they would have anyways been required to acquire a newer device at some point.
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