Google is ending support for Android Market in Android 2.1 and older versions

Google has retired the Android Market for the Play Store with the launch of Android 2.2 Froyo. End of support for Android Market will not affect a large set of users

Google is finally dropping support for the Android Market on older versions of its mobile operating system. The search giant has confirmed that after June 30, 2017, the market will not work on devices powered by Android 2.1 Eclair or earlier versions of its OS. It should be noted that Android 2.1 Eclair was launched 7 years ago and the operating system is no more. Supported by Android developers and the company has moved to the Play Store to install the app.

When the switch finally happens, Android users running version 2.1 or higher of the OS will no longer be able to access the Android Market or install apps from it. “Due to technical restrictions on the original Android Market app, the change will occur on the device without notice,” Google noted in the Android Developers blog.

Google is currently trying to integrate all its services under the Google Play umbrella. Excluding support for the Android Market, Google drains resources. It is also worth noting that the change will not affect a large set of users. According to Android’s Distribution Index, Android 2.1 Eclair and older versions share less than 0.1 percent. If you’re still using an Eclair powered device or an older version of the OS, it’s time to invest in a new smartphone or you may not be able to install a new app.

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