Google ends Android Market support after long 7 years of being launched. It won’t be available on smartphones supported with Android 2.1 and older versions.
Google ends Android Market support
It’s sad to hear that Google ends Android Market support by the end of this month for devices which run on Android 2.1 and older versions. As the Play Store was only present in devices that run on Android 2.2, it could never make it to 2.1 Éclair or lesser versions.
By the end of this month i.e. 30th June, it won’t be feasible for users to either install or access other important applications from the Android Market App. And the worse thing is that the users won’t receive any notification of this unwanted closure. All thanks to its ‘technical restrictions’!
Majority of the app developers don’t support Android 1.0, 1.1, 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, and 2.0/2.1 Éclair any longer. And the devices running on these pretty older OS don’t get registered in the monthly distribution centers.
Google has further mentioned that it would support the successive versions of Android Market as far as possible. However, Google Play will still be present on Android 2.2 and higher versions. It’s important to note that 2.2 Froyo doesn’t exist in the distribution numbers.
As Google ends Android Market support by the month’s end, it won’t create any fuss for the smartphones running on the above mentioned older versions. But yes, you should download and install relevant apps before the countdown ends. Also, the existence of side-loading applications will give its users a peace of mind.