RIP: Google Ends Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich App Support
“When was the last time you used Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich?”
If your answer to the question above is “five minutes ago” or “right now,” it’s time for an upgrade. Google announced today it will no longer support Google Play Services on the OS, meaning apps may stop working and updates won’t be as frequent as they once were. According to the company’s announcement, developers are now being pushed to target Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for new apps and updates, so ICS is bascially becoming obsolete at this point.
That’s not to say people don’t still use the operating system. According to Google, around 0.03 percent of all Android devices run Ice Cream Sandwich which works out to be roughly 6 million if you consider Google’s estimation of 2 billion active Android-powered units. Still, even if you are using ICS, it’s about time you upgraded to something a bit newer since that software came out in 2010.
Regardless, it’s always sad to see software die, especially a version of the android operating system that was so pivotal in the way we use our phones and tablets. Pour one out for ol’ ICS – it earned it.