RIP Gingerbread and Honeycomb: Google is ending support in 2017


Remember the days where we all fell in love with Android Gingerbread and thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread? I sure do, and those days have been long gone now that we are on Android Nougat. But Google has continued to support Gingerbread devices, until next year.

Google Phone

How could you not love that sweet wallpaper?

The company has announced that the next version of Google Play services will no longer support devices running either Android Gingerbread or Android Honeycomb. We all knew it was a long time coming, but it will still be a sad day when Google finally cuts the cord.

Version 10.0.0 of the Google Play services client libraries, as well as the Firebase client libraries for Android, will be the last version of these libraries that support Android API level 9 (Android 2.3, Gingerbread). The next scheduled release of these libraries, version 10.2.0, will increase the minimum supported API level from 9 to 14 (Android 4.0.1, Ice Cream Sandwich). This change will happen in early 2017.

The changes to the Google Play Services will cap support at Android 4.0.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving all other previous versions in the dust. When looking at the most recent Android Distribution charts, it’s obvious that the time has definitely passed, as Gingerbread only accounts for 1.3% of the total percentage.

Regardless, let’s all raise our glasses one more time to Gingerbread and what it offered back in 2010.

[Android Developers Blog]


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