Google ends support for 7-year old Android Market on Android 2.1 and lower

Google has finally ended the support for Android Market that came with Android 2.1 Eclair seven years ago. The search giant has announced this on its Google Developers’ blog.

The post says that the support will end on June 30th this year. Post June 30, users on Android 2.1 or lower devices won’t be able to access or install other apps from, the Android Market, something which was replaced by Google Play years ago. “The change will happen without a notification on the device, due to technical restrictions in the original Android Market app,” said Maximilian Ruppaner, software engineer on Google Play on the blog post.

Ruppaner also said that Android Market came with Android 2.1 Eclair seven years ago. “Most app developers are no longer supporting these Android versions in their apps given these devices now account for only a small number of installs,” he added.

However, Google will continue supporting later versions of Android Market “for as long as feasible.” Android 2.2 and later version started coming with Google Play.

Google Play in the past few months has received several cosmetic changes. Last month, we saw the search giant rolling out a new Google Play Store icon. The company also introduced a new icon for the app’s notifications. Furthermore, it rolled out a server-side update for Play Store. The update introduced a new UI for the Google Play Store’s ‘My Apps’ section, making app management on Android smartphones easier.

Google also introduced a lighter version of the Google Play Store with the recently announced Android Go operating system. The store will include apps that are customised for regions where there is limited data usage. The lighter version of the Google Play will include optimised Google Apps and more.

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