We were thinking of dropping support for older Android versions, providing support for API level 14 and later (from Android 4.0 on). We’d have several advantages:
- latest support for Google Play services libraries (which means latest Google Maps, push notifications fixes, etc.)
faster integration of new features through 3rd party libraries (e.g. if we have to support location sharing on Android 2.3, we’d have to rewrite several components to make it work)
- support for new (and more stable) UI stuff, almost impossible to do (or very hard to do) with current compatibility level
- less Android versions to test
Google has already dropped support for Android < 4.0 with their Play Services library, and I guess they will soon drop support also for the support library (appcompat), which is the core component that allows us to give support for Android 2.3. From Google Play stats Android 2.3 is running on less than 1% of our users, same stats from Crashlytics. We don’t know from F-Droid because we don’t collect stats on that platform.
We’d like your feedback on that. What do you think?
- I use Android 2.3, do not drop support for it please!
- Drop support for Android 2.3! It’s dark ages stuff anyway…