Google Officially Ends Support For Android Gingerbread And Honeycomb Operating Systems
In the world of smartphones, even a year can seem like an eternity so it is always a bit surprising to hear news of older smartphones or operating systems still in use. Well now, we can mark two more operating systems off the list as Google has announced they will no longer be supporting Android Gingerbread or Honeycomb.
In November, it was announced that 10.0 would be the last software development kit that would support Gingerbread or Honeycomb. This week, version 10.02 was released officially marking the end of Google’s support for these two operating systems.
Apps that Gingerbread and Honeycomb users have already installed will still work as they always have, but as developers move onto the new devkits that target Icecream Sandwich as the baseline minimum for Android devices, users could encounter some problems. Developers will need to develop multiple versions of their apps in order to support the older versions of Android. Whether or not developers will be willing to do this remains to be seen. Honeycomb and Gingerbread users only make up about one percent of the Android’s user base so it’s possible many developers will not feel such a small audience represents a worthwhile investment in resources.
Obviously, things will be all right in the short term, but as developers move onto new development software, it’s likely that we’ll see a decline in support for apps that use these older Android operating systems.
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