Google is Killing Off Support for Chrome on 32 Million Android Devices

Android Jelly Bean Chrome support will end, according to a recent update on an official commit’s page, but there’s no announced end date…

Android Jelly Bean Chrome support is coming to a full close. That means about 32 million devices will no longer have the ability to run the familiar Google mobile internet browser.

Google Ending Android Jelly Bean Chrome Support

Jelly Bean, the tenth version of Android, released in 2013, spanned from versions 4.1 to 4.3.1 and it’s the oldest of its kind still receiving Chrome updates. But, that’s changing, according to a recent commit, spotted by XDA Developers:

“Update UI for unsupported Android OS and make Jelly Bean unsupported.”

At this time, devices running Android 4.1 or newer can download and run Chrome. But, with the upcoming change, the oldest version to support such applications will be Android KitKat or version 4.4 or higher.

Presently, approximately 3.6 percent of all active Android devices run Jelly Bean according to statistics released by Google. Officially, Jelly Bean devices are no longer supported. Meaning devices running this version can’t load apps directly from the Google Play Store. Instead, owners must sideload applications from other sources. (Sideloading is the practice of downloading apps from platforms other than the official Android source.)

So, device owners with Android Jelly Bean can still download and run Chrome. Or, can use another mobile browser, but not ones available in the Play Store.

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