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Google Intends to Sunset Android Jelly Bean, Recent Update Worries Around 30 Million Users

The Operating Systems from Google has allowed the world to become truly digital and the Android Operating Systems from Cupcake to Android 11 has been at the forefront of the revolution. Even though it has been only 12 years in normal human years, the developments over these versions symbolize a lot in terms of digital years. In the face of these developments, there are updates from Google and in terms of the world that are in line with making the starting versions of these operating systems obsolete.

In fact from OS cupcake to Ice Cream Sandwich have already been discarded and others are soon to follow with Google high on heels in discontinuing the world-renowned Android Jelly Bean.

This news was concreted when Google recently updated that there would no longer be any updates for the Play Services on devices that run on Android Jelly Bean.

While some users perceived it as a piece of shocking news, there were many that had anticipated the update, and figures revealed from Google in the past three years show that the percentage of the number of users have fallen from 3% in 2018 to less than 1% in 2021 and 0.5% as per AP data (which is around 15 or 30 million devices, if we take the percentage from 3 billion Android devices) allowing Google to make the update as there would be only a very very minimal effect on the digital world of the discontinuation.

Even though there were only 3% users back in 2018, Google took its sweet time to discontinue the Operating System as it was not just an OS but back in 2012, was a hallmark of Android Devices with projects like Project Mainline in action. However, in 2021, it was decided that the days of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean are now over.

Contrary to popular belief Android Jelly Bean devices would still work but will no longer be receiving play store updates that indicate limitations in terms of apps, their features, and all that is offered in the ever-developing Digital Era.

Google also addressed developers in this update by informing them that their developed apps should target Android 4.4 KitKat to the minimum, but suggested that this should not be made into stone as the next on the line of discontinuation is Android KitKat.

Lastly, it mentioned to the developers of a second option where they can develop different installation packages for different android versions and even though to a layman this seems like an effective option, the costs of developments adhering to different packages would make it extremely expensive for developments of application on lower versions of Android with minimal returns from them. Some suggested that this option is the final nail in the old Android versions story’s coffin as no developer is expected to spend this much money and the old Androids will naturally discontinue without Google’s intervention.


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