Google to end support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower

Google to end support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower

Google to end support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower

Google has announced that it is going to drop support for the Android Market on Android version 2.1 and older, finally bringing an end to the app store you probably haven't thought about in years. While this may prove mildly inconvenient for people clinging to old smartphones, what's more surprising is the fact that Google was still supporting the old app store. Google already confirms that there won't be any notification or announcement about the change sent to all the devices affected by this shutdown.

Google's Android Developer Team has confirmed that Android Market, the predecessor of Google Play, will be taken off the grid on June 30. Google's monthly usage breakdown of Android versions doesn't even show 2.1 Eclair, which means that it only has less than a 0.1 percent market share. Sadly, while it'll forever remain as a symbol of Android's birth, it looks like Google has finally chose to pull the plug on the already-defunct app store. When this change happens, users on these devices will no longer be able to access, or install other apps from, the Android Market.

Google to end support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower
Google to end support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower

It has been 7 years since Android 2.1 Eclair launched.

[Representational Image] Google shuts out-dated Android Market apps store and will shift focus completely to Google Play store. Devices that are still in use with Android 2.1 and earlier iterations of the OS have been stuck with the Android Market for all this time. The search giant adds that it will continue to support "later versions of Android Market for as long as feasible". The only downside here is that the Google Play app on Android 2.3.x and 3.x devices no longer receives updates anymore, as pointed out by Neowin. Meaning, users of mobile devices running the Android Gingerbread should be ready anytime soon.

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