Then expanded to encompass a wide range of other Google services that will allow applications can easily communicate with other services through public facilities, which are internally referred to as GMS. In early January 2014, Google Play Services recorded has been downloaded more than one billion times on Android devices.
Along with the time berjalaannya Android application developers now seem to be proceeding with the application butaanya no support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Google has confirmed that the launch of Google Play version 10.0.0 will be the last version that supports Android OS long.
After that the next version is 10.2.0, will be released in early 2017 and only minimally support the Android OS 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. Later the Android 2.3 Gingerbread already can not use the service Google Play again.
New measures to end the Gingerbread support is also extended to Firebase client library which is the company's Android. Despite that applications for Android 2.3 Gingerbread still can be installed manually from the smartphone storage.
In addition, there are many other developers who offer a set of software libraries to add features to your Android applications. What is the reason, why Google is discontinuing support for Google Play Services to Gingerbread?
Gingerbread Android OS has long been launched precisely in 2010, and of the distribution figures show that currently more or less Gingerbread is used only 1.3 percent of all Android-based devices.
In the coming months will provide a more robust collection of tools for Android developers with greater speed.
Google noted that many of the latest Android apps already support Gingerbread and has ended support for this older OS versions.
While this change will most likely affect application developers, because it shows that Google is slowly ending support for older Android versions.
Whether in the future Google Play Services will also end support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich, using the same number of digits distribution of Android Gingerbread?