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No More Google’s Support For Android Ice Cream Sandwich Phones and Tablets

Google has announced yesterday that it will no longer offer devices running Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich support and updates for the Google PlayStore. The reason is obviously discernible from the stats of devices running the Android OS – Less than 1% of active Android devices are being driven by this version of it. Moreover, Ice Cream Sandwich is now more than seven years old. The main thing is that phones and tablets with Android 4.x installed will not receive the Google Play Services APK after version 14.7.99.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

This simply means that if you have an Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich, you will not be able to update apps installed from the PlayStore. Basically, this officially ends Google’s support for the build of Android that was launched on October 19, 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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