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Google Chrome to stop working on 32 million active Android smartphones and tablets running Jelly Bean

As per recent Android distribution numbers, Jelly Bean OS still accounts for 3.2 percent of 1 billion active Android devices.

  • Published: October 8, 2018 6:08 PM IST
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Google could soon end its Chrome browser support for all the devices running Android Jelly Bean version 4.1 to 4.3. Based on the latest Android distribution figures, the Jelly Bean OS (4.1 to 4.3) still accounts for 3.2 percent of roughly 1 billion phones and tablets, which means 32 million Android devices in total.

According to a recent commit on Chromium Gerrit site by a Google engineer, the updated Chrome UI will make the browser unsupported for Android Jelly Bean OS, which means these users will soon not be able to use Google Chrome on their devices. The website noted, “About Chrome to show a new message and a warning icon when the user is running Chrome on an unsupported version of the Android OS.”

Google has not officially made announcement on it as yet, neither the company has revealed any information regarding this change.

To remind you, it has been over 6 years that Android Jelly Bean was released to the public in July, 2012, so this does not come as a surprise to us. Also, as we already know that most apps on Google Play already require phones and tablets to run Android 4.4 KitKat or above to download and run, so this was meant to happen sooner or later.

Google recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Chrome. The company gave its web browser a huge overhaul, and even recently it rolled out updated Chrome 6 to Android smartphones as well. The Chrome app on Android featured circular elements including Google search bar and the icons displayed underneath it. The news stories that mentioned underneath also appeared in rectangular boxes with round edges.

  • Published Date: October 8, 2018 6:08 PM IST