Google’s Play Store stops supporting Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich melts: Is no longer flavour of the month for Google Android

Ice Cream Sandwich melts: Is no longer flavour of the month for Google Android

As of late October, just 0.3% of Android users were on Ice Cream Sandwich.

If your answer to the question above is "five minutes ago" or "right now", it's time for an upgrade.

Google on the Android Developer Blog has posted that active device count for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been below 1 per cent for some time which is why the company has chose to end support for the Android ICS for future Google Play Services.

That's not to say people don't still use the operating system.

Yesterday, Google announced that it would shut down its Allo messaging service to focus more on Messages. Pour one out for ol' ICS - it earned it. Sam Spencer, Technical Program Manager, Google Play, said, "The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time". This led to the fact that starting today, owners of smartphones and tablets based on it can't even run the Google Play store, downloading from there any applications and games, including old ones that have not been updated for more than five years.

Out of all the monthly active Android users, about 2 billion+, majority presently run on Android 7.0 Nougat, with many others also using Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 8.0 Oreo. The Android Ice Cream Sandwich marked an evolution of Google's design language. Henceforth, Google is withdrawing its support to these devices.

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