Backward compatible media can’t last forever. The one with Ice Cream Sandwich ended in 2018 and now it’s Android Jelly Bean’s turn: his Support for Google Play services will end in August 2021.
Android 4.1 JellyBean was officially launched in 2012, covering three versions of the API (16, 17 and 18), the last of them already in 2013. According to Google, it is present in less than 1% of current Android devices . End of support indicates that from August will not receive new versions of Google services
It will continue to operate for the time being
Google Play services act as a bridge between Android and the features added by Google. By upgrading separately, it is possible port new functions to old versions that it’s been many years since they stopped updating. A recent example is Share with nearby.
Porting this feature to older versions causes occasional headaches, and Google acknowledges that “not all features have been ported to JellyBean”. As a result, the company decided exit support for Jelly Bean in Google Play services
This means that there will be no new versions of Google Play services after this date, but the current version will continue to work
Developers have two options: increase the minimum API to 19 (Android KitKat), or create different versions of your applications: one that takes advantage of the latest version of Google services and another for Jelly Bean, which uses the latest version available for this version of Android . As a user, there is little you can do.
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