Towards the end of this October, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be four years old, but it still has around 6% of the total marketshare of the operating system, which should translate into a few million devices. It goes without saying that you need to upgrade whenever possible, and now you have one more reason.
Google has announced that it will no longer release updates for Chrome on the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system. The last version of Chrome to land on ICS will be Chrome 42, and while you will be able to use it, you won’t get anymore updates and you will be stuck with it. This will potentially hackers to exploit backdoors and find a way to infiltrate in your device.
Aurimas Lutikas, Software Engineer at Google Chromium, said the following regarding the news:
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.
Three new Android versions (Jellybean, Kitkat and Lollipop) have shipped after Ice Cream Sandwich, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t go ahead and get yourself a brand new device with one of them. Of course, you can always use another browser that is still providing support and is reliable, both performance and security-wise. But if your sweetheart is Chrome, then you know what you have to do.