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Google keeps dropping Android support from Play Store from time to time, especially for the versions that are now much older with a relatively less user base. Starting August, Google is dropping Play Store support from Android 4.4 KitKat.

KitKat was launched back in 2013 and that makes it an almost 10 years old operating system. Google has mentioned that not more than 1% of Android smartphones or tablets today are running on Android 4.4 KitKat. And, that’s why it will “no longer support KitKat in future releases of Google Play Services.

That said, Android devices that are running KitKat version will no longer receive Google Play Store-related updates and will be stuck on Play Services 23.30.99. This means future services, updates and improvements will no longer work on Android KitKat.

If you are not familiar, Android version support is different from Google Play Services support. Even if Google has stopped supporting the Android version (in regards to updates and security features), Google Play Services continue to receive updates on these devices for newer services to function properly and work.

Dropping Google Play Service support means the OS is completely off the market now. Newer features and security enhancements will no longer be available on these devices.

As a part of this, Google Play Services is dropping support for API levels 19 and 20. The latter was specifically for the initial release of Android Wear. Google also removed the Jelly Bean support at API 16 and 18 back in 2021.

Why dropping support for older operating systems is important
To manage an operating system with all the important updates, changes and features, it requires a lot of resources and managing something that’s no longer relevant in the market is something even more challenging. That said, operating systems that no longer have a significant market share, it does not make sense for companies to continue investing resources just to maintain them.

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Google is dropping Play Store support for these Android smartphones

Google keeps dropping Android support from Play Store from time to time, especially for the versions that are now much older with a relatively less user base. Starting August, Google is dropping Play Store support from Android 4.4 KitKat.

KitKat was launched back in 2013 and that makes it an almost 10 years old operating system. Google has mentioned that not more than 1% of Android smartphones or tablets today are running on Android 4.4 KitKat. And, that’s why it will “no longer support KitKat in future releases of Google Play Services.

That said, Android devices that are running KitKat version will no longer receive Google Play Store-related updates and will be stuck on Play Services 23.30.99. This means future services, updates and improvements will no longer work on Android KitKat.

If you are not familiar, Android version support is different from Google Play Services support. Even if Google has stopped supporting the Android version (in regards to updates and security features), Google Play Services continue to receive updates on these devices for newer services to function properly and work.

Dropping Google Play Service support means the OS is completely off the market now. Newer features and security enhancements will no longer be available on these devices.

As a part of this, Google Play Services is dropping support for API levels 19 and 20. The latter was specifically for the initial release of Android Wear. Google also removed the Jelly Bean support at API 16 and 18 back in 2021.

Why dropping support for older operating systems is important
To manage an operating system with all the important updates, changes and features, it requires a lot of resources and managing something that’s no longer relevant in the market is something even more challenging. That said, operating systems that no longer have a significant market share, it does not make sense for companies to continue investing resources just to maintain them.

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