Android 4.4 KitKat is about to turn 10 years old, and Google has decided to stop supporting it from Google Play services.
it’s almost over ten years since Google launched Android 4.4 KitKatthe first version of its operating system whose name was the result of a collaboration with a famous candy brand. Nearly a decade later, the company has announced on his official blog that said version is about to run out of support from the Google Play Services.
Although devices still running Android 4.4 have not received system and security updates for a while, until now they were still receiving new versions of Google Play servicesaimed at fixing bugs or security issues, as well as adding new features.
Android 4.4 KitKat runs out of Google Play Store support
As Google has explained in the post, since the release of KitKat about 4 years ago, they have introduced “many innovative enhancements and features in Android, not available in KitKat.” Therefore, and taking into account that as of July 2023 less than 1% of Android devices around the world running this version, it has been decided to end support for Google Play Services, so the new versions of the service set They will no longer reach devices with Andriod 4.4.
The latest version of Google Play services compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat will be the 23.30.99. Once updated to that version, devices whose system is based on API levels 19 and 20 will no longer be eligible to receive service updates.
Have passed two years since Google carried out a similar move. It was in 2021 when the company decided withdraw support from google play services to Android 4.1, Android 4.2 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The next installment of the operating system to lose support, therefore, should be android 5.0 lollipopmaybe in a couple of years.