Google is officially ceasing support for Android’s archaic app store on Eclair at the end of the month.Do you remember using the Android Market to download apps for your smartphone? Google announced that it will cease support for the relic app on Eclair devices at the end of June.
In the Android Developers Blog, Google’s Maximilian Ruppaner writes:
On June 30, 2017, Google will be ending support for the Android Market app on Android 2.1 Eclair and older devices. When this change happens, users on these devices will no longer be able to access, or install other apps from, the Android Market. The change will happen without a notification on the device, due to technical restrictions in the original Android Market app.
The news is hardly revelatory. Developers don’t support Eclair, anyway, since it’s so old. Many other third-party app makers have also ceased support in the last few years, focusing instead on maintaining support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. But there are still people out there using smartphones from that era, either because they can’t afford to purchase a new device or because that’s all they’ve had access to. Granted, the Android Platform Version numbers don’t include the tally of users still on Eclair — or Froyo, for that matter — but the heavily worded blog post seems to suggest that it was published as a warning to the stray few.
Anyway, consider the rest of the month your chance to mourn the past and look ahead to new beginnings.