Google Chrome won’t get future updates on Android 4.0 devices

Google Chrome won’t get future updates on Android 4.0 devices

In a strategic decision to encourage people to use the latest Android versions, Google has announced that its Chrome web browser will not get future updates on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) running devices.

Software engineer Aurimas Lutikas says in a statement that Google has so far released tweenty-four new Chrome versions that support Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and the last supported version is Chrome 42.

“In the last year, we’ve seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users,” Lutikas said, adding, “So, with Chrome’s 42nd release, we’ll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won’t get further updates.”

The announcement nowhere means that users on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will not be able to get Chrome on their devices. However, they will no longer receive any new features or tweaks through future updates.

With the discontinuation of supporting Android 4.0, Google Chrome web browser will now support devices running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to Android 5.0 (Lollipop).

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