Google officially announces the end of support for the legendary Android version 10 years after its launch! Bold decision: Google takes a surprising step in Android updates and Google Play services!
With the ten-year anniversary of the release of Android 4.4 KitKat by Google, comes the unpleasant news that it will soon be out of support for Google Play services.
Google announces the end of support for Android 4.4 KitKat
Although devices based on this version have not received system and security updates for a while, they still receive new versions of Google Play services to fix bugs and security problems and add new features.
According to the post published by Google on Her official blogSince the launch of KitKat about four years ago, many improvements and innovative features have been introduced in the latest versions of Android that were not available in KitKat.
Thus, with less than 1% of Android devices worldwide running KitKat by July 2023, Google has decided to stop supporting Google Play Services for this version, which means that these devices will not be able to receive new versions of the services.
The latest version of Google Play Services compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat will be version 23.30.99. After updating to this version, devices based on API levels 19 and 20 will no longer be able to receive service updates.
This Google decision comes two years after its previous decision in 2021 to withdraw support for Google Play Services for Android 4.1, Android 4.2 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The next batch of operating systems to lose support is likely to be Android 5.0 Lollipop in a couple of years. So users should be ready to upgrade to the latest Android version to enjoy all the new features and improvements and get full support from Google Play Services.
What do you think of this decision?