Google to end Android Market support for Android 2.1 Eclair and below
Google has announced that it will officially end support for
Android Market on devices running Android 2.1 Eclair or below at the end
of this month.
From Android Market to Google Play: a brief history of the Play Store
March 6, 2017
If you’ve been with Android from the beginning, you probably know
just how far Google’s operating system has come. And more importantly,
you are probably familiar with the paper bag icon with the beloved
Bugdroid on it: Google’s very own app store before it was rebranded.
Indeed, we are talking about the good good ol’ Android Market. Sadly,
while it’ll forever remain as a symbol of Android’s birth, it looks like
Google has finally decided to pull the plug on the already-defunct app
June 30, devices running Android 2.1 Eclair or lower will no longer be
able to access, or install other apps from, the Android Market.
According to Google, on June 30, devices running Android 2.1
Eclair or lower will “no longer be able to access, or install other apps
from, the Android Market.” If you remember, Google Play Store never
came to these early Android devices. Unfortunately, because of
“technical restrictions” of the Android Market app, users who are
affected by this cut-off won’t even be notified on their devices. While
this is unfortunate news and may prove to be inconvenient, it’s worth
pointing out that Android 2.2 Froyo and below don’t even show up on monthly distribution charts anymore. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is nearing a similar fate with a 0.8 percent figure.
Not only that, most app developers have already stopped
supporting Android 1.0 through Android 2.1, meaning even if you have an
old device running one of the aforementioned versions of Google’s OS
(for whatever reason), Google’s decision to end support for Android
Market shouldn’t make any difference in real-life. Plus, side-loading
apps will probably remain as an option. The search giant adds that it
will continue to support “later versions of Android Market for as long
Do you have an Android device running Android 2.1 or
below with Android Market? Do you still use it or is it more of a
collector’s item? Let us know by leaving a comment below!