Google will quickly cease updating Play Services for telephones operating Android Jelly Bean – this covers all three variations, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 (API model 16 by way of 18, respectively). The lifeline hasn’t been reduce but, JB telephones will obtain one final replace with model 21.30.99, which is scheduled fore launch on the finish of August.
Jelly Bean was first introduced in 2012, 9 years in the past. It introduced main enhancements such a Mission Butter, which made the UI run easily (with vsync at 60 Hz). Different main additions embody Google Now, the now-deprecated Android Beam, expandable notifications and the power to mute notifications from particular person apps, together with plenty of audio enhancements (AAC assist, gap-less playback, multi-channel audio, USB audio for exterior DACs).
Android 4.2 got here later that 12 months, 4.3 arrived in 2013, each saved the Jelly Bean identify. All three variations of JB account for lower than 1% of lively Android gadgets and Google isn’t satisfied that these are literally in use. Both means, it’ll finish assist for these Android variations, which can lighten the load of its growth crew (older variations require a variety of special-case dealing with).
App builders are inspired to additionally drop assist for Jelly Bean. In the event that they set their apps to focus on API model 19+ (Android 4.4 KitKat), JB telephones will nonetheless be capable of set up older variations of the app, however they won’t see newer variations.
Nonetheless, if an app has a good portion of its consumer base that’s nonetheless on JB, builders can add a number of APKs to the Play Retailer in order that even Android 4.1-4.3 gadgets can proceed receiving app updates.
For extra particulars, try the Android Developers Blog.