After 24 Chrome releases for Android, Google is dropping support for Android 4.0 ICS, where Chrome for Android first debuted. Version 42 will be the last update that ICS users get to download. Users can continue to use Chrome on ICS devices, but they will no longer receive updates.
Excerpts from Google’s official announcement:
It seems like yesterday that Chrome was first introduced on mobile devices to users running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Since then, twenty-four new Chrome releases and three new Android versions (Jellybean, Kitkat and Lollipop) have shipped. We’ve worked hard to make sure each version was faster, simpler and more secure than the last.
In the last year, we’ve seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. So, with Chrome’s 42nd release, we’ll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won’t get further updates.
If you you are wondering how Chrome for Android has version number 42 after just 24 releases, they started assigning the same version number for all releases, across platforms.
So, any Android 4.0 users here?