Google is dropping Play Services support for Ice Cream Sandwich

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With the release of the Android operating system, such as is present on the market here already more than 10 years, its center was the software store Google Play, which today is available for download millions of different applications and games, albeit really high quality among them, and will be typed only by several tens of thousands.

GOOGLE HAS put Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out to pasture as it raises the requirements for the Google Play API.

This news likely won't affect many developers: ICS is seven years old, and fewer than 1% of active devices still run on the platform, the post said.

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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. Those older versions keep continuing to lose their place when it comes to the distribution chart, and it seems that Ice Cream Sandwich has found its turn.

The newest apps discovered to be malicious had a so-called "device-draining backdoor" that allowed them to download files from a server controlled by the attacker. Moving forward, Google is asking developers to instead consider Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the baseline version, and the minimum level of support, via API level 16.

It is going to improve the Android Auto features, which is going to expand and upgrade the compatibility for Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 devices, as well as making overall improvements to Pixel 3 audio performance for some vehicles. And it follows other recent episodes of this same kind of discovery, such as the one we told you about recently that involved Google pulling 13 apps that install malware on user devices and had been downloaded over 500,000 times. The largest number of users are now on version of Nougat i.e. API level 25 or 25. "For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99". Ice Cream Sandwich is only on 0.3 percent of devices at this point.

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