Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

RIP: Google Ends Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich App Support

RIP: Google Ends Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich App Support

The bright side here is that it's more likely that those devices running the aging version of Android aren't actually active and being used as a daily driver. This is a worrisome revelation, as it suggests that even apps that are initially deemed safe could become malicious further down the line with a simple update. 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 lowest version of Android that new and existing apps need to target is Jelly Bean and Kitkat. As a effect, they are deploring the support of ICS in the future releases of the Google Play services.

But it does mean that Google has washed its hands of pimped-up choc ice of an operating system, meaning it'll be down to developers to decide if a fork is justified, and identifying it, and any legacy builds in the Play Store.

As Google has worked over the past few months to insist on app developers supporting Android Oreo APIs as their minimum target API at the very least; it only makes sense that the firm would stop supporting older, less secure versions of Android. 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.

If you still own a device that runs on Android ICS OS, then you might be in the 1% of the global users, according to Google. The largest number of users are now on version of Nougat i.e. API level 25 or 25.

Google will end support for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform in future releases of Google Play services. It was launched alongside the Galaxy Nexus and marked a significant overhaul in Google's design language as well. As of late October, just 0.3% of Android users were on Ice Cream Sandwich. It came with an overhauled interface which included new gestures, new widgets and virtual buttons on the System Bar.

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