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Say goodbye to Gingerbread, Honeycomb in 2017

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Google has announced that, come early 2017, it will be ceasing support for two of its oldest remaining Android versions in an upcoming update to Google Play Services.

Gingerbread is admittedly one of the strongest Android versions around.Android Jelly Bean (4.1 to 4.3), there were still devices, mostly low-end or unconventional ones, coming out with Gingerbread inside.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb was largely seen as a disaster and was, in fact, short-lived. Launch in February 2011, it was quickly supplanted by 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in October of the same year. Although it will be remembered as having introduced the “Holo” theme that will be used all the way up to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Android Gingerbread still has 1.3% of the Android distribution pie, something it shares with Ice Cream Sandwich, which, by the way, is still going to be supported. Honeycomb, on the other hand, dropped off from the charts way back in mid-2014.

 

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