Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google finally ending support for Android Market on Eclair and older versions

Google finally ending support for Android Market on Eclair and older versions

Google mentions, however, users with these devices will not receive any notice about the end of the Android Market on their devices, due to "technical restrictions". Android Market launched over 7 years ago, with the older versions of Android ending with Android 2.1 Eclair. The devices affected by the change are those running Android 1.0, 1.1, 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 and 2.1 Eclair. However, Google Play Store worked on devices having Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

Google just announced on their Android Developers' blog that they will be ending support for the Android Market app on June 30, 2017, which is just over a week from today. From July 1, people who still use such ancient devices will no longer be able to access the Android Market at all - and it goes without saying that new app installs will thus be a no-go too.

Until June 30, when it will die an honorable death, roughly 7 years after Android 2.1 launched. Google Play became the Android operating system's all-in-one portal for not just buying/installing apps, but also buying music, books and movies.

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Meanwhile, Google notes that it will support "later versions of Android Market for as long as feasible", while Google Play will continue to be available on Android 2.2 and above.

[Representational Image] Google shuts out-dated Android Market apps store and will shift focus completely to Google Play store.

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