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Android Market support ends June 30th


Google has announced that users of Android 2.0 and 2.1 will no longer be able to access the classic app store from June 30th.

Whether we’re looking for something to read, or for a new game to play, it stands to reason that the first port-of-call for Android users is Google Play. However, dedicated Android users will remember that before Google Play came into existence, the app store was known as Android Market. What many may not know is that Google has been providing support for Android Market to help service users who are currently using Android 2.0 or 2.1, at least until recently.

Google have recently announced that the Android Market will be no more come June 30, as all support will cease. It’s worthwhile making a note of this if you happen to use this version of Android, first introduced in 2009, as there will be notifications sent to the device. While such a lack of notification may seem unfair, the limits of older versions of Android must be noted. The phones running such an old version of Android would mean that the users are introduced to low-resolution videos, among other limitations when compared to recent versions of Android. However, some of this can also be attributed to phone itself, depending on the manufacturer.


So what does this mean for users of Android 2.0 and 2.1? Sadly, it means that you will either have to make do with your current setup, or opt for an upgrade. However, as Google allows its operating system to be used by many different manufacturers, there’s a choice for every taste and budget.

Those who have versions of Android that follow on from 2.1 will have support for as long as Google see feasible. Evidently, this will upset users who don’t like change, but with the evolution of technology in today’s word, it can only be expected if we want to achieve greater things.

Paul Jellicoe