For those who still use Android devices with Ice Cream Sandwich software, it’s finally time to upgrade to something new. Google has announced that it will no longer ship Google Play Service Updates for API Levels 14 and 15, which will terminate support for Ice Cream Sandwich (the same as it was done for Gingerbread and Honeycomb in early 2017).
Ice Cream Sandwich was released seven years ago and first appeared for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, most devices are older than this, if they are upgraded with Gingerbread or Froyo versions.
Based on the latest Android Distribution numbers, released by Google, Ice Cream Sandwich is located at 0.3% of all active Android devices. Although this number may seem insignificant, Android has over two billion active devices around the world, and 0.3% represents more than six million devices.
Although devices that use Ice Cream Sandwich will no longer receive Google Play Services support, they will still be able to download apps from the Google Play Store. Google encourages developers to create separate applications if they want to continue to support Ice Cream Sandwich, but the question is whether this will happen.